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ALBUQUERQUE INTER NATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA® 2018 OFFICIAL PROGR A M


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Contents WELCOME LETTERS 4 6 8

Ty Young, President, AIBF Kevin Ogawa, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico

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Tim Keller, Mayor of Albuquerque

OF INTEREST 12 13 16 19 20 22 24 26 28 30 104 108

Your Guide to Balloon Fiesta Events Schedule of Events Survival Guide Map Music Fiesta Entertainment Schedule 2018 AIBF Officers, Board of Directors & Staff 2018 Officials Balloon Fiesta Sponsors Photography Tips Spectator Safety Tips Balloon Fiesta Collectibles 2018 Balloon Fiesta Navigators

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2018 Heritage Award

DIRECTORIES 33 60 85

2018 AIBF Balloon Directory Other Participating Pilots Special Shape Directory

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International Pilots

FEATURES 62 70 74 78 82 94 98 100 102 106

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Competition, Yesterday and Today Balloon Fiesta Jackets – An Insider’s Guide Undersea Mass Ascension AIBF Wall of Fame Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Balloon Fiesta Goes On the Air! Forty Years Ago, Double Eagle II Changed Ballooning History Want Balloons to Land at Your Property? “X” Marks The Spot! A Commemorative 50th Balloon Fiesta Stamp? You Can Help! Become Part of the Picture…as a Balloon Fiesta Navigator!

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Welcome from the President, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta , Inc. ®

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n behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and hundreds of Navigators (volunteers), welcome to the 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® Presented by Canon. As a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, I have had the great fortune to grow up around our great annual celebrations, starting with the one that started it all in 1972, when I was not yet quite old enough to walk on my own. It is a true honor to work with our wonderful community to ensure Balloon Fiesta will launch (and land!) for future generations to enjoy as much as I have. I want to personally thank the thousands of people who selflessly volunteer countless hours throughout the year to ensure the continued success of our event. Thank you also

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to our corporate sponsors for their financial support that allows us to put on a worldclass event while always striving to improve our guest experience. Finally, a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated pilots and crews who join us from all around the world each year to make our event so wonderful and unique. Over the course of ten days, this year’s event offers a variety of magnificent events (even if you’re not a morning person). There is truly nothing like the unparalleled sight of the skies filled with balloons during the Mass Ascensions. The evening magic of the Balloon Glows and fireworks show are also some of the most popular events. You never know what you might see during the 30th Special Shape Rodeo as new special shape balloons come to life for the first time. The flying competitions during the weekdays can be immensely

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enjoyable to watch as the pilots skillfully attempt to accomplish their particular task of the day. Music Fiesta™ has grown in popularity over the years and will be the second Saturday (October 13). Whether you are a firsttime visitor, a fellow native, or fortunate enough to return each year, we hope you thoroughly enjoy the City of Albuquerque, the State of New Mexico, and the 47th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. CARRY ME AWAY!

Ty Young President, AIBF


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Welcome from the President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

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elcome to the 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® Presented by Canon. We are pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor and Official Imaging Company of this amazing event for the fourth consecutive year. As one of the most photographed events in the world, the Balloon Fiesta provides the ideal setting for us to connect with photo and video enthusiasts and enhance their enjoyment of this spectacular imaging opportunity. We are also proud to be part of the City of Albuquerque, where we established our Canon Customer Support Center four years ago. We could not be happier here and look forward to continuing to grow with this dynamic city for years to come.

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The theme for this year’s Balloon Fiesta is “Carry Me Away,” but you don’t have to be riding in a balloon to get carried away with all of the festivities. There truly is something for everyone. It’s hard to beat the extraordinary sight of colored balloons of all shapes and sizes soaring majestically through the sky. Whether this is your first visit to the Balloon Fiesta or if you’ve been here many times, it is always an unforgettable experience. When you’re trying to capture that perfect image to take home, don’t forget to stop by the Canon tent to visit with our experts. They’ll be more than happy to tell you about the latest Canon equipment that is on display and answer any questions you might have. We even have some select cameras and lenses available for you to borrow and try out. Our team is looking forward to meeting you.

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As in the past, Canon is once again excited to bring to you the Opening Day Mass Ascension and the Night Magic Glow, where our “Canon See Impossible” balloon will be the first to rise. Marking the first and last days of the Balloon Fiesta, these events are always among the most popular. All of us at Canon wish you a magical experience at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Have a wonderful time!

Kevin Ogawa President and COO Canon U.S.A., Inc.


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Welcome from the Governor, State of New Mexico

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he Land of Enchantment welcomes you to the 47th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon. Bienvenidos a Nuevo Mexico! For many years, New Mexico has hosted this iconic event that brings balloonists and guests from all over the world who come to share in the magical experience. The Balloon Fiesta portrays exactly what it means to be “New Mexico True” and we are so glad you are here to experience it, along with

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everything else our state has to offer. After the Balloon Fiesta, hike up Tent Rocks or visit our many museums or state parks. Just a short drive away, you’ll find our historic capital city of Santa Fe. The options are endless! There are so many ways to experience New Mexico’s rich culture. Just make sure you taste some of our world famous red or green chile. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, New Mexico has something for everyone that will leave your family and your friends with

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memories that will last forever. Have a safe and wonderful time as you experience the 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! Sincerely,

Susana Martinez Governor


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Welcome from the Mayor, City of Albuquerque

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rom a small celebration by a local radio station featuring only 13 balloons in 1972, to now the largest hot air festival in the world, the Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is truly a sight to see. It is my pleasure to welcome each and every one of you to this festival, and I hope you enjoy all you can, from the zany and imaginative special shape balloons, to the spectacular evening Glowdeo; these are not visuals you can find anywhere else. Enabled by our renowned Albuquerque box wind patterns, balloonists come from all over the globe to participate in the festival, and so should you.

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Beginning before the sun rises with the Dawn Patrol balloonists launching by dark, followed by a mass ascension of more balloons than you can count, the Balloon Fiesta is a showcase of Albuquerque’s unique culture and personality. Enjoying the Balloon Fiesta includes different activities for everyone, whether it’s enjoying the sights from afar, like from up top our Sandia Peak Tramway, or right in the thick of the action at the Balloon Fiesta Park. While in Albuquerque, make sure to take some time to enjoy the culture that is so unique and celebrated here. Old Town and the Hispanic and Indian Cultural Centers are great places to experience

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the rich history and heritage of our town. The Balloon Fiesta is a great opportunity to take in all that Albuquerque has to offer: cuisine, local art, unique museums of all kinds, flame-roasted local green chile, the mountains and great landscapes of New Mexico, and more. I hope all have a great experience during the 47th Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Best regards,

Timothy M. Keller Mayor


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Your Guide to

BALLOON FIESTA EVENTS

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Here is a brief overview of what you’ll see during the world’s most colorful and spectacular festival of flying (All events, of course, are weather permitting)

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MORNING EVENTS: Dawn Patrol/Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Park Daily: This “balloon glow in the sky” features as many as a dozen balloons. On Mass Ascension days, pilots perform the Dawn Patrol Show, a choreographed inflation and launch set to music that has been part of the Balloon Fiesta since 1997.

Mass Ascensions and Krispy Kreme Morning Glow Weekends and Wednesday: The spectacular Mass Ascensions of hundreds of hot-air balloons are the Balloon Fiesta’s signature events and are preceded by the Krispy Kreme Morning Glow, a “mini” balloon glow. Special Mass Ascensions on Thursday and Friday October 11 and 12 feature “special shape” balloons.

as possible. The competitions also feature the Pole Grab and Ring Toss, where pilots fly to poles at Balloon Fiesta Park to win fabulous prizes! Overall winners are determined by individual pilots’ cumulative scores during Balloon Fiesta week. Learn more on page 62.

Flight of the Nations Wednesday, October 10: The Flight of the Nations at Wednesday’s Mass Ascension especially honors pilots from all the nations participating in Balloon Fiesta, many of whom launch flying their national flag.

Morning Session 6:00 Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Park 6:30 Krispy Kreme Morning Glow 6:30 Laser Light Show 6:45 Opening Ceremonies 7:00 Mass Ascension, presented by Canon 8:30 - 11:30 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Evening Session 1:30 - 5:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 6:00 Twilight Twinkle Glow™ presented by Albuquerque Journal 7:45 Laser Light Show 8:00 AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort & Casino

Morning Session 6:00 Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Park, 6:30 Krispy Kreme Morning Glow 6:30 Laser Light Show 7:00 Mass Ascension 8:30 - 11:30 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 9:00 Fiesta of Wheels Car Show, located on north end of Launch Field 11:00 Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent north end of Main Street) Evening Session 1:30 - 5:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 6:00 Balloon Glow 7:45 Laser Light Show 8:00 AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort & Casino

Friday, October 5 approximately 7:00 AM: On the Friday before Balloon Fiesta begins, balloons fly from schools in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Some school PTAs sell food and hot beverages, making the Balloon Fiesta’s visit to their school a true community event.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 Special Shape Rodeo™ presented by Wells Fargo Bank Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13: Celebrating their 30th year, these special mass ascensions especially showcase the incredible craftsmanship, creativity, and artistry that makes monsters, critters, and just about anything else you can imagine take flight. Learn more about this event on page 82.

AND DON’T MISS! Music Fiesta™ featuring Old Dominion, presented by Nash FM KRST 92.3 and Coca Cola

Weekdays: In ballooning competitions, pilots use winds at different altitudes to reach a target and drop a marker so it lands as close to the center of the target

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

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Schedule of Events

1 PM Saturday, October 13: This exciting afternoon event spotlights country music superstars Old Dominion and Michael Ray, with Albuquerque’s own The NOMS. Your admission also gets you into the Night Magic Glow and AfterGlow Fireworks Show! For more on this event, visit page 19.

PROPANE DAY PRESENTED BY AIRGAS, AN AIR LIQUIDE COMPANY Morning Session 6:00 Dawn Patrol 6:30 Laser Light Show 7:00 Balloons Launch from Park 8:00 Competition Flying Begins 8:00 - 11:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations Evening Session No events

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9

COCA-COLA DAY Morning Session 6:00 Dawn Patrol 6:30 Laser Light Show 7:00 Balloons Launch from Park 8:00 Competition Flying Begins 8:00 - 11:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations Evening Session No events

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Morning Session 6:00 Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Park 6:30 Krispy Kreme Morning Glow 6:30 Laser Light Show 7:00 Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension 8:00 Competition Flying Begins 8:30 - 11:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations Evening Session No events

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11

KIDS’ DAY PRESENTED BY KOB-TV Morning Session 6:00 Dawn Patrol 6:30 Laser Light Show 7:00 Special Shape Rodeo™ presented by Wells Fargo Bank 8:00 Competition Flying begins 8:30 - 11:30 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Evening Session 1:30 - 5:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 6:00 Special Shape Glowdeo™ 7:45 Laser Light Show 8:00 AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort & Casino

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 Morning Session 6:00 Dawn Patrol 6:30 Laser Light Show 7:00 Special Shape Rodeo™ 8:00 Competition Flying begins 8:30 - 11:30 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Evening Session 1:30 - 5:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 6:00 Special Shape Glowdeo™ 7:45 Laser Light Show 8:00 AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort & Casino

EVENING EVENTS Balloon Glows

the Glows; note that AfterGlow times may change due to field and weather conditions.

Saturday, October 6 presented by the Albuquerque Journal, Sunday, October 7 and Saturday October 13, presented by Canon: The static displays of illuminated balloons known as “Balloon Glows” are among the Balloon Fiesta’s most popular events. The “All Burn,” when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time, is perhaps the most spectacular single moment in all of Balloon Fiesta. Special shape balloons have their own balloon glows on Thursday and Friday of Balloon Fiesta week (see below).

The fireworks shows at the Balloon Fiesta are some of the best performed anywhere! Plan to stay after the balloon glows to enjoy the spectacle!

Special Shape Glowdeo™ Thursday October 11 and Friday October 12: The fantastic special shape balloons are even more fantastic in the glow of early evening! The Special Shape Glowdeo™ features everyone’s favorite shapes, from bees to birds to bears. Come early, because this is one of the Balloon Fiesta’s most popular events!

OTHER EVENTS While at Balloon Fiesta Park, be sure to enjoy the AIBF Chainsaw Carving International, the morning and evening Laser Light Shows, the Fiesta of Wheels Car Show, pin trading, and our many Main Stage performances! Check online at BalloonFiesta.com or on our social media pages for details and times. Also, don’t forget to shop and eat your way through Main Street, visit the Balloon Discovery Center and our Artisans’ Tent, and more!

AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort and Casino Saturday October 6, Sunday October 7, Thursday October 11, Friday October 12, and Saturday October 13: immediately after

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 Morning Session 6:00 Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Park 6:30 Krispy Kreme Morning Glow 6:30 Laser Light Show 7:00 Mass Ascension 8:30 - 11:30 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 11:00 Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent north end of Main Street) Evening Session 1:00 - 5:00 Music Fiesta™ 1:30 - 5:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 6:00 Night Magic™ Glow presented by Canon 7:45 Laser Light Show 8:00 AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort & Casino

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14 Morning Session 6:00 Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Park 6:30 Krispy Kreme Morning Glow 6:30 Laser Light Show 7:00 Farewell Mass Ascension 8:30 - 11:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Q & A


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If you’re a country music fan, Balloon Fiesta Park is the place to be on the second Saturday of October! Every year, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s annual Music Fiesta hosts hot young country artists for an afternoon of music and fun. Plan to stay for the Night Magic™ Balloon Glow and AfterGlow™ Fireworks!

#1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart & #7 on the Top 200. Their first full-length album, Meat and Candy, was certified GOLD by the RIAA and hailed a “stellar debut “by Entertainment Weekly. Old Dominion has also charted several singles, including “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart,” “Written In The Sand,” “Break Up With Him”,” “Snapback,” and “Song For Another Time.”

Old Dominion Old Dominion has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. In 2016, the band was named ACM New Group of the Year, ACCA Breakthrough Group of the Year, AIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year, and Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The band recently released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Happy Endings, which debuted at

album “Michael Ray,” spawned two #1 singles: “Kiss You in the Morning” and “Think a Little Less.” Ray’s sophomore album, Amos (named for his grandfather), has already spawned the hit single “Get to You,” currently climbing the Mediabase and Billboard charts. Inspired by his rescue dog Wrigley, Ray recently launched the charitable initiative Wrigley Cares: Helping Animals in Need, collecting donations for local animal shelters at every stop on his Get To You Tour.

Michael Ray Country singersongwriter Michael Ray was a hit right out of the box, scoring both with critics and on the charts. He has been dubbed “the future of country music” by Digital Journal, his live shows lauded by Nash Country Daily for displaying “the energy and the polish of a pro,” and quite simply “lipsmacking good” by USA Today. His debut self-titled

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The NOMS As New Mexico natives, The Noms are proud to represent The Land of Enchantment on stage every time they perform! They’re a six-piece alternative rock band from right here in Albuquerque whose kinetic, exciting shows bring real energy, passion, and life to the stage and attract audiences of all ages. Their unique brand of harmonic rock blends a wide array of varied influences into a distinct, energetic sound, blending blues, country, and soul with a dash of bluegrass and funk, influenced by styles from Dave Matthews to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Selena to The Beatles. Gates for Music Fiesta open at noon, with music kicking off at 1:00pm. As always, Music Fiesta™ fans have a variety of ticket options, including the return of the Albuquerque Dance Box, which offers a grassy area night in front of the stage for those who want to kick up their heels and dance all afternoon! Looking for a

Entertainment Schedule SATURDAY OCTOBER 6 7:00 a.m - National Anthem: Ymelda Erin Coriz 9:00 a.m. - Mystic Vic 5:00 p.m. - USAF Academy Band Wild Blue Country 8:15 p.m - Pink Freud real VIP experience? Then look no further than our Ultimate Music Fiesta (UMF) package, which offers a very special experience for music fans. The UMFs receive exclusive, front-row seating, as well as prime parking, backstage tent and bathroom access, a goodie bag with official Balloon Fiesta merch and dinner at the Gondola Club following the concert. Tickets for this cool experience close each year in early September, so if you’re interested make sure to listen for when tickets go on sale in 2019! Premier Lawn tickets and upgrades available at Music Fiesta gates. For more ticket details visit Balloon Fiesta’s website: www.balloonfiesta.com

SUNDAY OCTOBER 7 7:00 a.m - National Anthem - USAF Academy Band Wild Blue Country 9:00 a.m. - USAF Academy Band Wild Blue Country 5:00 p.m. - Prime 80z 8:15 p.m - New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra

MONDAY OCTOBER 8 7:00 a.m - National Anthem - The 44th Army Band

TUESDAY OCTOBER 9 7:00 a.m - National Anthem - Debbie Brown

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10 7:00 a.m - National Anthem - Albuquerque Boy Choir

MUSIC FIESTA TICKET OPTIONS

IN ADVANCE

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 11

ABQ “Dance” Box Ticket required for persons of all ages.

$70

$75

Reserved Seating A and C Ticket required for persons of all ages.

$60

$65

7:00 a.m - National Anthem - New Mexico Philharmonic’s Young Musician Initiative 9:00 a.m. - Steven Cade 8:15 p.m - Right Light Cameras

Reserved Seating E Ticket required for persons of all ages.

$55

$60

Reserved Seating D and F Ticket required for persons of all ages.

$50

$55

Premier Lawn Area (Children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.)

$25

$30

General Admission (Children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.)

$10

FRIDAY OCTOBER 12 7:00 a.m - National Anthem - Suzan Rivera Tipton 9:00 a.m. - Entourage Jazz 8:15 p.m - Tylor Brandon

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13 $10

7:00 a.m - National Anthem - Jennifer Miera

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14 7:00 a.m - National Anthem - Reanna Molinaro

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2018 OFFICERS

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PRESIDENT

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2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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J.R. Allison

Raymond Bair

Gary Bennett

Chuck Clark

Jay Czar

John C. Davis IV

Barbara Fricke

Jim Garcia

Steven A. Komadina, M.D.

Cheryl Lete

Rodney A. May

Tom McConnell, M.D.

Frank A. Mezzancello

Judith K. Nakamura

Neil Jackson

Harry Season

Doug Schwebach

John Sena

Mark Sullivan

Bill Walker

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2018 STAFF Dennis Christiansen

Lynda Crispino

Susan Dunn

Jennifer Garcia

Tom Garrity

TRANSPORTATION MANAGER

RECEPTIONIST

BOOKKEEPER

ASSOCIATE EVENT DIRECTOR

MEDIA RELATIONS

Shamaine Giannini

Erica Hahn

Alice Hanson

Janie Jordan

VIP HOSPITALITY MANAGER

CONCESSIONS & ARTISANS MANAGER

CONTROLLER

FIELD MANAGER

NAVIGATOR & RV MANAGER

Kim Judge

Mike McKnight

Amanda Molina

Lisa Mulder

Sam Parks

Stephanie Prendergast

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MEDIA REPRESENTATIVE

MERCHANDISE MANAGER

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

SPONSORSHIP SALES MANAGER

Laurie Riedle

Vince Saiz

Paul Smith

Jayne Thurman

Ken Tuley

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ASSISTANT FIELD MANAGER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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2018 MERCHANDISING Evalyn Back Nancy James Chani Kaibetoney Sharon St. John

2018 PHOTOGRAPHERS Victor Banta Bennie Bos Paul deBerjeois Missi Leonard Ray Watt

2018 ANNOUNCERS Glen Moyer Art Lloyd Jr.

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2018 Officials Balloonmeister Sam Parks Assistant Balloonmeister Melissa Bond Safety Officials Henry Rosenbaum, Chief Safety Official Tom Bueno Neida Courtney Bueno Roger Clark Doug Gallagher JD Huss Alex Jonard Mike Liberti John Pata Chuck Raskob Tom Schroeder Maury Sullivan Paul Suttle Lynn Sullivan, Safety Administrative Assistant Weather Officials Brad Temeyer, Chief Weather Official John Elrick William Kelly Randy Lefevre Robert Wise Landowner Relations Nancy Wertz, Chief Landowner Relations Official Lawrence Merry Janette Stone Orbin Stone Marjorie Woodall Robert Woodall Balloon Refueling Area Glen Januszewski, Balloon Refueling Official

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Scoring Officials Tammy Luna, Chief Scoring Official Rita Brennan, Assistant Chief Scoring Official John Abel Rol Blauwkamp James Byrd Lester Elmer Mike Gilligan Penny Griego Taylor Herson Harold Jackson Phyllis Jackson Blake Jordan Carl Kinnard Susan Kinnard Jon Kirkwood Lyn Kirkwood Diane Krostag Amy Lee Bob Lucero Jay Luna Patricia Norris Jürgen Rimac Patricia Ann Rudy-Baese Virginia Sanchez Launch Directors Michelle Healy, Chief Launch Official Michael LaPlante, Launch Official Lynn Tillery, Launch Official Chris Padilla, Launch Official Cliff Holman, Launch Official Joe Ballengee Ken Beebe Peggy Billson Robin Boyer Bill Brennan Elisa Bustamante Angie Calderon Nick Chavez Tom Christopher Mindy Connolly David Crossland Christina Dewart Sheri Essen Claudio Fernandes Karen Fleetwood Kevin French Andrea Gensinger Larry Gensinger Debbie Gonzales Theodore Gransbury Anna Haynie

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Allegiant Travel Company Alta Data Technologies, LLC Amazing Jumps, LLC American Heart Association AMERIND Risk Management Corporation Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Baca’s Trees Bahama Buck’s Barefoot Wines Bath Fitter New Mexico Bernitsky Vision Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. Blue Chair Bay Rum Bobby J’s Yamaha call811.com Cameron Balloons Cavender’s Central New Mexico Community College Central Trailer Supply CFA Society New Mexico Choura Events City of Page Civil Air Patrol Indiana Civil Air Patrol New Mexico Clark Truck Equipment Company, Inc. CNM Ingenuity, Inc. Comcast Cable Coronado Center Cottonwood Mall Cox Utility Services Cummins Sales & Service Cupertino Electric, Inc. Custom Tours by Clarice, Inc. Dell EMC


Dell Marketing LP DISH Network Don Chalmers Ford Donate Life-New Mexico Donor Services Dragon Lights Albuquerque Executives Association of Greater Albuquerque Experimental Aircraft Association Farmers Insurance, Rod Baca Agency Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau Firefighters Random Acts Flagship Food Group Floor and Décor Ford Motor Company Fortis Construction Frost Mortgage Banking Group General Mills, Inc. Gilly Loco, LLC High Desert Event Planning Solutions Holly Frontier Refining & Marketing, Inc. IMTS Intel Corporation Johnson & Johnson Kewa Pueblo Health Corporation Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque KOB TV Krispy Kreme Doughnuts KRQE/Fox New Mexico Kubicek Balloons La Vida Llena Lighthouse Business Information Solutions, LLC Lindstrand Balloons USA M Marketing, LLC Melloy Dodge Mission Linen Supply, Inc. Money Processing Systems, Inc.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC My ABQ Guide NASA National Distributing Company, Inc. National Park Service New Mexico Department of Transportation, Aviation Division New Mexico Gas Company New Mexico Mutual New Mexico State University New Mexico Tourism Department Niagara Bottling, LLC Nob Hill Main Street, Inc. Off Your Rock’r Gourmet Chocolate Old Republic National Title Insurance Company optiPulse, Inc. Optiv Pandora at Coronado Center Paychex, Inc. Pep Boys Philadelphia Insurance Companies PlainsCapital Bank Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Portfolio Wealth Advisors Preventive Pest Control LLC R & S Powersports Group Rainbow Ryders, Inc. Raytheon Albuquerque Re/Max Elite RE/MAX RG Aero Rio Bravo Brewing Company, LLC Route 66 Casino Hotel & RV Resort Safelite Auto Glass

Sauce Pizza and Wine Shamarie Sais, MD, PC Statewide Products Company, Inc. Steel Bender Brewyard LLC Subway Sullair, LLC Sun Run Solar Team Texas The Garrity Group Public Relations LLC The Maez Group The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho The Signature Group The Weather Channel Television Network T-Mobile USA, Inc. Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives Uber UltraMagic S.A. United Rentals, Inc. United States Army University of Kansas US Bank Weck’s Wendy’s Westwind Computer Products, Inc. Wicked, The Broadway Musical Williams Scotsman, Inc. Wonder Bread Young President’s Organization Zia Diagnostics Imaging, LLC

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Photo Tips BE BOLD AND TAKE RISKS Here are some tips for getting amazing images of this spectacular event! DAWN PATROL Rising into the still-dark skies each morning are the Dawn Patrol. At 6AM every day, Dawn Patrol pilots head into the air with only their burners to light the way. Pro Tip: Early in the morning, we suggest using a tripod and remote. If you use your tripod and have an IS lens, make sure you turn off the IS function while you shoot. Since the balloons lift off while it’s still dark outside, a wide-angle lens is ideal. MASS ASCENSION This is when the balloon field kicks into high-gear. Pilots will fire up their burners, shooting flames into the balloons to inflate them. Pro Tips: Use a wide-angle lens to get photos of the ground activity. Use a telephoto-zoom lens to get detail shots or portraits of reactions in the crowd. Shooting with the sun rising behind the balloons will provide some beautiful silhouettes and add ambiance to the scene. ASCENDING BALLOONS By this point in the morning, the horizon will be awash with vibrant colors as balloons inflate and take to the skies to fly across the valley. Pro Tips: Once the sun is on the rise, try to shoot with the sun to your side or back. At this position you can use it to better show the curve of the balloons and illuminate their colors. BALLOON GLOW This sets the mood for a magical

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evening. Don’t miss the twinkling lights of random balloons just before the order for ”All Glow”, when a warm light illuminates the entire field. Pro Tips: Adjust your angle. Set-up your gear with the main field in front of you and the mountainside behind you, for the best shots. Use a tripod and a wireless remote or cable release to reduce motion blur. FIREWORKS/LASER SHOW Getting your camera dialed-in to the correct settings can make or break a fantastic light display. Pro Tips: Fireworks need long exposure times, so use a tripod for this event. A remote or cable release prevents accidental camera shake to you get clear, sharp images. The balloons won’t be moving either, so turn off auto-focus to keep it from draining your camera battery. Use a longer shutter speed to increase the trails of the fireworks. SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOONS The Special Shape Rodeo™ and Special Shape Glowdeo™ are both a big hit with kids and adults alike. Pro Tips: Frame other balloons with the ones in the foreground. Use special shape balloons as fun backdrops for family photos and selfies. DURING HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT Going on a balloon ride? Get your camera in either Auto or P (Program) Mode so you can focus on your aerial experience instead of the camera settings.

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Pro Tips: Now would be a great time to bring a point-and-shoot. Neck straps and wrist straps are your best friend. With your camera properly secured to your person, you can feel more confident shooting extreme angles. BE CREATIVE: Whether you’re going for a day or the entire event, there are plenty of chances to grab amazing shots. While we’ve suggested some camera settings here, the ultimate goal is for you to have fun! Find your own style and see what you like best.


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Safety Tips Lovelace Health System is proud to be the official health care provider for the 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. Below is a list of helpful safety tips to help you enjoy your visit in good health: 1.

Limit alcohol consumption. Remember, you’re at a mile-high altitude, which could increase alcohol’s impact.

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Choose a place to meet in case someone gets separated or lost. Make sure young children have some form of identification on them.

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Dress in layers. It’s sometimes very cool in the morning, but after sunrise it will warm up noticeably.

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Bring water. Stay hydrated throughout the day.

Don’t “drive and watch” at the same time. The balloons are a magnificent but distracting sight. Move completely off to the side of the road to watch.

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Watch where you’re going. Beware of vehicles moving around the field, especially emergency vehicles trying to get through the crowd.

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Use sunscreen. At a higher altitude you’re at an increased risk for sunburn.

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Bring appropriate eye protection. Sun and wind could be your enemies on a sunny or windy day.

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Smoking is not allowed on the Balloon Fiesta Park. A lit cigarette could melt a balloon’s fabric or even ignite propane from a fuel tank.

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10. Bring a flashlight for evening events. Also, take note of where you parked your car—it’s more difficult to find in the dark. Use the Balloon Fiesta app to pin the location of your car.

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Lovelace Health System’s emergency medical professionals provide onsite emergency medical care for problems ranging from minor scrapes to heart attacks. Lovelace’s medical volunteers will be located at the Lovelace First Aid Center.

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Adams, Steven MISS B’HAVEN Albuquerque, NM United States

Adelsberger, Kurt TRANSITION Chino Hills, CA United States

Adie, Martin HOPSCOTCH Edgewood, NM United States

Adler, Billy BILL’S TURN Longview, TX United States

Adler, David UNEXPECTED DELIGHT Yuma, AZ United States

Ahern, Jim MISSING LINK Albuquerque, NM United States

Aley, Dave AFTERNOON DELIGHT Albuquerque, NM United States

Allsup, Scott PHOENIXSON Phoenix,AZ United States

Amlong, Chris BLACK SAILS Rio Rancho, NM United States

Anderson ,Allen PIXIE DUST Minden, NV United States

Anderson, Denny J-A-B Ankeny, IA United States

Anthony , Johnny RISING STAR Sandia Park, NM United States

Appelman, Scott DOS EQUIS Albuquerque, NM United States

Arends, Shane HOT TOPIX Grand Island, NE United States

Armstrong, Bill BAND OF GOLD Goodyear, AZ United States

Armstrong, Marion PIXEL ME THIS Dalworthington Gardens, TX United States

Ashworth, Jeffrey SLÁINTE! Corrales, NM United States

Askren, R. Sean INTEL Middletown, OH United States

Aubol-Hanks, Nancy GIGGLES AND GRINS Bosque Farms, NM United States

Baca, Rod CRUISE CONTROL Los Lunas, NM United States

Bacon, Frank SUN FLYER Los Ranchos, NM United States

Bair, David BAIRLY AWAKE Colorado Springs, CO United States

Bair, Ray KALEIDOSCOPE Albuquerque, NM United States

Baird, Andy STARS AND STRIPES Dexter, MI United States

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Ball, Lauren GYPSY SPIRIT Cherry Valley, CA United States

Ballengee, Kelli AIRRAGEOUS Placitas, NM United States

Barnes , Kent HEATWAVE Murray, UT United States

Bartra, Alex AIRMOSA Rio Rancho, NM United States

Bauwens, Michael BETTY’S BABY GRANDE Park City, UT United States

Becker, Brian CRAZY DREAMS Davenport, IA United States

Beebe, Ken TORTUGA DEL FUEGO Rio Rancho, NM United States

Bell, Graham BLANK CZECH Malvern, Worcestershire United Kingdom

Bennett, Jeff BABY BEAR Tulsa, OK United States

Bergeon, Thomas MICKEY’S RAINBOW Mason, MI United States

Bertetto, Mike COCO BIRD Albuquerque, NM United States

Biernack, Buzz MORNING MAGIC Albuquerque, NM United States

Bobel, David THAT A WAY Fort Myers, FL United States

Braddock, Mike FINALEY Brandon, FL United States

Bonney, Linda HIGH HOPES Albuquerque, NM United States

Braden, Kris DUST IN THE WIND Taos, NM United States

Boulger, John DAKOTA SUNRISE Fargo, ND United States

Braden, Morgan HIGH BISCUS Lake Havasu City, AZ United States

Bowman, James DOT Oklahoma City, OK United States

Bradley, Troy RAINBOW RYDERS Albuquerque, NM United States

Boyd, Gary THE GRATEFUL RED Albuquerque, NM United States

Bradshaw, Sam BREEZY RIDER Albuquerque, NM United States

Brandt, Phil TAIYO San Marcos, CA United States

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Breffeilh, Margaret DIAMONDS Driggs, ID United States

Bregitzer, Lee MAXIE’S MORNING MIST Morrison, CO United States

Broker, Broker EXCELLENCE Plano, TX United States

Brown, Toby CRYSTAL BLUE Denver, CO United States

Brown, Tommy TOMFOOLERY Plainwell, MI United States

Buckner, Jason “THE USUAL” Albuquerque, NM United States

Bueno, Javier FIG LEON León, Guanajuato Mexico

Burgess, Zach RAINBOW RYDERS Monroe, OH United States

Buron-Pilatre, Philippe PILATRE DE ROZIER Hagéville, Lorraine France

Bussey, Bill BLUE DIAMOND Longview, TX United States

Butko, Alex COLORFUL Moscow Russia

Butler, Bill MONKEY BUSINESS Alamogordo, NM United States

Buzzard, Earl BUZZARDS ROOST Albuquerque, NM United States

Byer, Randy DOUBLE TROUBLE Corrales, NM United States

Ettore, Cadel ABEILLE Cannes La Bocca France

Caldwell, Trenten TRENT’ZK’IDD Albuquerque, NM United States

Candelaria, Joe MO-JOE BLUE Albuquerque, NM United States

Carlson, Brian DREAMS FULLFILLED Topeka, KS United States

Carlton, Dean CAZOOEE Danville, IL United States

Carlton, Ryan SEYMOUR Danville, IL United States

Carlton-Vish, Donna SUNNY SIDE UP Danville, IL United States

Carter, Buddy FLYING RAINBOW Pleasant Garden, NC United States

Cass, Gary RED HOT Yuma, AZ United States

Cassell, Chad RAINBOW RYDERS Coatesville, PA United States

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Cathey, Phil SKITTLES Roswell, NM United States

Caton, Tom TIME TRAVELER Byrnes Mill, MO United States

Chando, Morghan MOJO’S REVERSE GRAVITY MACHINE Albuquerque, NM United States

Chando, Patrick PATTURNS HIGHPERACTIVE Albuquerque, NM United States

Chase, Ray PINWHEEL Moscow, PA United States

Chavez, Laurie JESSE’S GIRL Albuquerque, NM United States

Christensen, Anne MOONSHADOW Chisago City, MN United States

Christian, Bret RESURREXION Indianola, IA United States

Cirankewitsch, Bruce SUNKISSED Alberta, Calgary Canada

Cline, Don DAYBREAK II Greensboro, NC United States

Phil, Clinger THE JESTER Battle Creek, MI United States

Cliver, Bubba BUBBALLOON Lewisville, TX United States

Cliver, Christopher HAPPY HOUR Lewisville, TX United States

Cloyd, Tim GLORIOUS DRIFTER Runnells, IA United States

Cochran, Tony COLORADO Broomfield, CO United States

Coffing, Steve TWIST OF FATE Albuquerque, NM United States

Comellas, Carles JACK FM Belmont, Ontario Canada

Cook, Kelli HIGH MAINTENANCE Denver, CO United States

Cooper, Hal UPTUIT Port Hope, Ontario Canada

Copas, Jerry EZ BALLOON Sellersburg, IN United States

Corominas, Hector SKY GYPSY Livingston, TX United States

Courtney, N. Greg SMILE HIGH Dallas, TX United States

Cowen, Dave ANGEL WINGS Corrales, NM United States

Cowlishaw , Brenda ZOE Bulverde, TX United States

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Cox, Jordan PATCHES Fishers, IN United States

Crawford, Grant JUNIOR Los Lunas, NM United States

Crim, Colin RAINBOWS END III Albuquerque, NM United States

Crouch, Clayton FINISH LINE Denver, CO United States

Curry, Ron THE MOTHERSHIP Corrales, NM United States

Davidson, John SUNDANCE BALLOONS Belmont, Ontario Canada

Davie, Ryan TWILIGHT ZONE Rio Rancho, NM United States

Davis Jr., Gil HUWAKA Albuquerque, NM United States

de Koevend, Gery INDEPENDENCE Fort Garland, CO United States

Derebey, Steve GOT THE HOTZ Roscoe, IL United States

Despres, Denise BOOBOULINA Cedar Crest, NM United States

DeVaney, Mark POP-A-TOP, AGAIN Los Ranchos, NM United States

Dickey, Frank 2ND WIND Albuquerque, NM United States

Dimmitt, Bill ANGEL OF THE MORNING Los Lunas, NM United States

Dinkler, Fred CARRIED AWAY Livingston, TX United States

Dolan, Jim FREE & CLEAR Lake Havasu City, AZ United States

Doll, Penny RACING WITH THE WIND Roeland Park, KS United States

Donley, Dean RAINBOW RYDERS Albuquerque, NM United States

Donner, Nick A.B.O. Louisville, KY United States

Dougherty, Don DARK SUNRISE Colorado Springs, CO United States

Draughn, Ken XTREMELY CONTAGIOUS Burlington, NC United States

Drennan, Ben SEASONS Cordele, GA United States

Drganc, Luka KISS/JACK FM Belmont, Ontario Canada

Duff, Jeff SINCERELY Albuquerque, NM United States

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Dumke Jr., Don GO WITH THE FLO Florence, WI United States

Dyer, Jonathan HELP FOR HEROES Farnborough, Hampshire Great Britain

Edmiston Jr, Fred STARS Maxwell, TX United States

Eichhorn, David MARAUDER’S MARK Corrales, NM United States

Eklund, Timmerly KALISTA Washburn, IL United States

Eldridge, Stacy REDNECK COWBOY Rio Rancho, NM United States

Ellis-Ostgulen, Debi PLUM FIRED-UP Albuquerque, NM United States

Emry, Gordon FRESH AIRE III Norfolk, NE United States

England, Mike RAINBOW MOUNTAIN Phoenix, AZ United States

Enloe, Stuart HIGHNLOE Atlanta, GA United States

Evans, Tim CREW BALLOON Cedar Crest, NM United States

Ewer, Dan FOOLISH PLEASURE Tucson, AZ United States

Fear, Darrell PHOBIA IN FLIGHT Artesia, NM United States

Fear, Robert PHOBIC Rio Rancho, NM United States

Fenske, Dave CRIMSON STAR Albuquerque, NM United States

Ferguson, Fergie ITSA TOUCHIE SUBJECT Albuquerque, NM United States

Ferrall, Rick STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Lawrenceville, GA United States

Fisher, Tom DESERT HUMMINGBIRD Albuquerque, NM United States

Fitzpatrick, Will INTEGRITY Albuquerque, NM United States

Fleury, Mike FLEUR DE TUCSON Red Rock, AZ United States

Fogue, Patrick IMTS Columbia, MO United States

Fox, Jeremy SARAYU North Fairfield, OH United States

Freve, Andrew APTIVENT Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec • Canada

Fricke, Barbara SANDIA SUNRISE II Albuquerque, NM United States

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Gabriel, Jason SPIRIT OF ‘76 Aurora, CO United States

Gallant, Mike IMAGINATION IN FLIGHT Columbus, IN United States

Garcia, Greg YOU AGAIN? Albuquerque, NM United States

Garcia, Jerry TENTAI (THE SEQUEL) Albuquerque, NM United States

Garcia, Mike U KITTEN ME? Rio Rancho, NM United States

Gates, Jon GO PER Oswestry, Shropshire Great Britain

Gebhart, Aaron STEP-N-UP 2 Indianola, IA United States

George, Peter GRAND BRITANNIA Oxford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom

Gianetti, Michael FIESTA SUNRISE Boulder, CO United States

Gilles, Jeff TCBALLOONTOURS Traverse City, MI United States

Gindlesparger, Mark PHENOM Murphysboro, IL United States

Glen, Bill FLAMBOYANT Maricopa, AZ United States

Glen, Chris HEAVEN’S QUILT Colbert, WA United States

Glen, Michael ELEVATION II Maricopa, AZ United States

Godlevsky, Curt SUNWALKER Littleton, CO United States

Goldbloom, Jenn WONDERFUL WHIRLED Norristown, PA United States

Gonzales, Bob HARD EARNED Waco, TX United States

Gonzales, Michael THE JOURNEY Rio Rancho, NM United States

Goodman, Bill BUTTERFLY Alturas, CA United States

Goosey, Rick TJ’S TOY Pleasant Hill, MO United States

Gordon, Edward JUAN MIRÓ Austin, TX United States

Gorenflo, Mike T.M. FLUF-N-STUF Albuquerque, NM United States

Goss, Dick LAST MANGO Leander, TX United States

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Gardner, Tom AJUUA DEJA VUUA Albuquerque, NM United States


Graf, Sandy AMERICAN RACER Flower Mound, TX United States

Graff, Gerry LOFTY FIESTAR Albuquerque, NM United States

Graham, Sandy INSTAGRAHAM Alta Loma, CA United States

Grauberger, Sheldon RAINBOW RYDERS Gardnerville, NV United States

Green, John INTREPID Albuquerque, NM United States

Greenwood, Eric ENCHANTED Albuquerque, NM United States

Griego, Jeff AMERICAN BEAUTY Albuquerque, NM United States

Grogan, Patrick PAT-O-LANTERN Cleveland, NC United States

Grote, Matthew JESTER UNWINDZ Rio Rancho, NM United States

Gunter, Ryan FIESTA Albuquerque, NM United States

Gustafson, Gus FREEDOM FLIGHT III Arden Hills, MN United States

Haase, Matt RAINBOW RYDERS Traverse City, MI United States

Hackett, Myia RIK RAK Walla Walla, WA United States

Hahn, Allan HEAVEN BOUND Aurora, CO United States

Haliczer, Jeff SYNCHRONICITY Reno, NV United States

Hance, Mike MIKE’S 2 IRRESISTIBLE McKinney, TX United States

Hartshorn, Sharon SEEKING NIRVANA Amarillo, TX United States

Harwell, Pat MAVERICK Keithville, LA United States

Haynes, Anthony ALMOST THERE Houston, TX United States

Haynes, Kevin LA CUMBIA Bogotá, Distrito Capital Colombia

Hays, Craig BEAUTIFUL NOISE Coppell, TX United States

Head, Jr., Tarp HIGH OVER HEAD Helen, GA United States

Healy, Bob AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ Albuquerque, NM United States

Heap, Brian BLACK DOG Albuquerque, NM United States

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Heartsill, Joe TEXAS RACER San Angelo, TX United States

Heinrich, Sally PATIENCE Phoenix, AZ United States

Heartsill, Lucas TEXAS RACER II San Angelo, TX United States

Hernandez, Mike VELMA Fort Edward, NY United States

Heartsill, Rhett TEXAS STAR Fort Worth, TX United States

Hess, Stan “WICKED” THE BROADWAY MUSICAL St. Peters, PA • United States

Heffron, Mike BRIGHT IDEA Albuquerque, NM United States

Heideman, Mark DESERT FLYING VIKING Albuquerque, NM United States

Hickey, Mike MAKIN MEMORIES Royal, AR United States

High, Mark PEPPERMINT DREAM TOO Albuquerque, NM United States

Heiken, Paul SPHERICAL TURTLE Albany, OR United States

Hill, Bryan BASKETCASE2 Page, AZ United States

Hoch, Darcy HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS Milo, IA United States

Hodges, Eric KISSES OF FIRE Rio Rancho, NM United States

Hoefler, Greg CAPRICE DU CIEL Chaillon, Lorraine France

Hofer, John JYN’S TONIC Tijeras, NM United States

Hofheins, Mark THE VIKING DRAGON Rio Rancho, NM United States

Hoge, Peyton PHEISTY Louisville, KY United States

Hoidahl, Jim SQUIRREL La Luz, NM United States

Holmes, David JOSEPHS COAT Rocheport, MO United States

Holt, Judy DESERT DRIFTER Phoenix, AZ United States

Hooper, Jerry SS AMERICA Corpus Christi, TX United States

Hoppe, Roger VOLCANIC MOTION Albuquerque, NM United States

Howell, Dustin SPORT PILOT LLC Minden, LA United States

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Howes, Angie HOWES ANGELS Tijeras, NM United States

Hueschen, Rick TOOTS Cedar Crest, NM United States

Humiston, Hank STRANGELY WARMED Albuquerque, NM United States

Humphreys, Benjamin FESTIVUS Columbia, MO United States

Hungerford, Brenda HOT FLASH Dayton, NV United States

Hurst, Matt CAPTAIN A Albuquerque, NM United States

Hutchinson, Scott DIAS LOCO Albuquerque, NM United States

Ibbotson, Mark MARIAH Grand Prairie, TX United States

Ibbotson-Sullivan, Amanda STARDUST Euless, TX United States

Jackson, Neil FLYING CIRCUS Albuquerque, NM United States

James, Gay WILD GOOSE Orland, CA United States

James, Rick AIRBENDER Judson, TX United States

Johnson, Colleen MARY ALICE IN WONDERLAND Mitchell, NE United States

Johnson, Jeff KEMO SABE Flagstaff, AZ United States

Johnson, Mike SKYTREK Mitchell, NE United States

Johnson, Randy AIR SHE GOES Bosque Farms, NM United States

Jones, Cameron COX 811 Austin, TX United States

Jones, Chris SERENITY Amarillo, TX United States

Joel, Jones BREAKING WIND Seale, AL United States

Jones, Rick HIGH POLARITY Concord, NH United States

Jones, Steve TEXAS MAGIC Belton, TX United States

Kaufman, Blair STARS AND STRIPES Tulsa, OK United States

Keefe, Chris NIFTY GADGET Cross Plains, WI United States

Keller, Cliff BLU-REY Santa Cruz, NM United States

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Keller, Kelli FUNNER La Quinta, CA United States

Keller, Tom SKYDIVER La Quinta, CA United States

Kelly, Mike PRIMARY DREAM Albuquerque, NM United States

Kenworthy,Chris ON THE ROCKS Rio Rancho, NM United States

Keyser, Ralph EOS Albuquerque, NM United States

Kimball, Jayson OUT OF THE BLUE Napa, CA United States

Kious, Tom DREAM ON Albuquerque, NM United States

Kirson, Damian PINON Albuquerque, NM United States

Klein, Ray SKUBI RACER Scottsdale, AZ United States

Kleiss , Betsy 4EVER39 Champaign, IL United States

Klinger, Marc OOCHIE 7 Troutman, NC United States

Knuth, Paul SOMETHING CAME UP Crestwood, KY United States

Koenig, David BLULOON Menasha, WI United States

Komadina, Mark NEVER FORGET Rio Rancho, NM United States

Kornkoseeyakaj, Rapee GOLDEN SINGHA Bang Sue District, Bangkok Thailand

Kross, Bob MORNING MANNA Rapid City, SD United States

Kugler, John STILL FLAMING McCook, NE United States

Kuller, Tim TECHNI-KULLER Mesa, AZ United States

Lamb, Patrick AERO CORDERO Las Cruces, NM United States

Lang, Dale JELLY BEAN Taber, Alberta Canada

Lard, Anthony IRIS Albuquerque, NM United States

LaRotonda, Carol AEROTONDA Albuquerque, NM United States

Lavoie, Michael CAT SASS Arizona City, AZ United States

Lavorgna, Bruce AERODACTYL Austin, TX United States

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Laxton, Kyle RAINBOW RYDERS Birdsboro, PA United States

Lee, Bill TRUE-LEE NEW MEXICO Gallup, NM United States

Lescarbeau, Alan RAINBOW RYDERS Phoenix, AZ United States

Lété, Fred TWISTED Rio Rancho, NM United States

Libel, Steve AIRHAWK Marco Island, FL United States

Liberti, Chris AIRTIGHT Highlands Ranch, CO United States

Liberti, Daniel RAINBOW RYDERS Box Elder, SD United States

Lilley, Carolyn IT’S A ZOO Albuquerque, NM United States

Lindsey, Greg FLOATING AWAYSIS Safford, AZ United States

Lips, Arne LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN Ledegem Belgium

Lites, Arthur DOUBLE FLASH Albuquerque, NM United States

Little, Lee PHENIX Stillwater, OK United States

Llado-Costa, Josep FRIENDSHIP BALLOON Òdena, Catalonia Spain

Loflin, Jack EMERALD Aurora, OR United States

Lombardi, Steve WINNERS CIRCLE Missouri City, TX United States

Lowenstein, Al SUNSET RISE Albuquerque, NM United States

Lowenstein, Ryan SUNSET MINI Vacaville, CA United States

Lutz, Keith HIGH MAINTENANCE II St. Charles, MO United States

Lynch, Bill SIZZLER Neosho, MO United States

Lynch, Jim WHIRLAWAY Destin, FL United States

MacKechnie, Roger SILVER SPIRIT Tucson, AZ United States

Macskimming, Mark MOVIN’ MAGIC Harrisburg, PA United States

Manus, William SHADOW DANCER Bosque Farms, NM United States

Mares, John Paul BURNING DESIRE Albuquerque, NM United States

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Marshall, Jimmy MORNING GLORY Sonoma, CA United States

Martindell, Don DAWN SONG II Albuquerque, NM United States

Martinez, Frankie BONNIE BLUE Los Lunas, NM United States

Marx, Michael FIRED UP TOO Prosper, TX United States

Mason, Jaybird FLAME ON Albuquerque, NM United States

Mass, Bob PITA’S KISS Albuquerque, NM United States

McClinton, Scott US BANK Louisville, KY United States

McConnell, Tom ZIA Albuquerque, NM United States

McCrory, Frank CHASE’S DREAM Floyds Knobs, IN United States

McGuire, Daniel WILD THING TOO! College Station, TX United States

McKinley, Barbara MORNING STAR Siler City, NC United States

Meleski, Nick IZIA BALLOON Albuquerque, NM United States

Melton, Dave PURPLEHAZE New Harmony, UT United States

Mezzancello, Steve IMMORTAL FANTASIA Albuquerque, NM United States

Michalek, Gary OSLIVE VZDUCHO Lafayette, CA United States

Monk , Chris MISFIT Meare, Somerset Great Britain

Moore, Gary TIMEPEACE Lake Havasu City, AZ United States

Moughan, Gavin REBEL ANGEL Albuquerque, NM United States

Msuya, Moses CHYM FM Belmont, Ontario Canada

Mumm, Karalyn CITRUS IN THE SKY Reno, NV United States

Myers, Jason DOLPHIN LEGACY McKinney, TX United States

Nakamura, Judy BOUNCE Albuquerque, NM United States

Nash, Johnny DOUBLOON CON NEGRO Parker, CO United States

Neubauer, Rick BREAKING WIND Port Orange, FL United States

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Nilz, Pat ULTRA WORLD Tucson, AZ United States

Noe, Bill UP TWO NOE GOOD Gallup, NM United States

Noyce, Ben AURORA BEAUTY IN THE SKY Bolivar, TN United States

Oates, Randy C. GLORY Louisville, KY United States

Oberheide, Thomas STRIPE Cary, IL United States

O’Brien, Bob NAVAJO BOB Waupaca, WI United States

O’Byrne, Clarke FUEGO ENCANTADO Albuquerque, NM United States

Oldenburg, Susan J.A.M. Albuquerque, NM United States

Olguin, Paul SILVER LINING Chandler, AZ United States

Olivier, Orvin EARTH CHILD Sioux Falls, SD United States

O’Neill, Mark SUNDANCE BALLOONS Belmont, Ontario Canada

Tim, Orchard GREEN Aylesbury, Bucks Great Britain

Osborne, Dwayne SKYSCRAPER Phoenix, AZ United States

Ouellette Freve, Johann FREEDOM Longueuil, Quebec Canada

Owen, Brooke ADKBALLOON Saratoga Springs, NY United States

Panico, Vinny SPEED OF SMELL Whitehouse Station, NJ United States

Paulin, Jerry TREE TOP FLYER Yuma, AZ United States

Paulin, Matt UNWIND Yuma, AZ United States

Peek, Fred O’LOUGH Albuquerque, NM United States

Peete, Lichele SILVER LINING Albuquerque, NM United States

Pendleton, Craig SPIRIT TOO Albuquerque, NM United States

Person, Bud SCREWED UP GATOR Gainesville, FL United States

Peterson, Debbie BLUE AWAY Mabank, TX United States

Peterson, Jon EARTH WIND & FIRE II Racine, WI United States

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Peterson, Rick PETE’S PRISM Mabank, TX United States

Petrehn, John CANON SEE IMPOSSIBLE Houston, TX United States

Petrehn, Maury FARTHER ON Olathe, KS United States

Petrehn, Paul PHILLIPS 66 Rio Rancho, NM United States

Philpott, Martin AUSPICIOUS Bixby, OK United States

Polito, Tony BIRD WILLY Inlet Beach, FL United States

Price, Kelly PRIMARY COLORS Rio Rancho, NM United States

Procopio, Peter KOSHARE GALLUP Gallup, NM United States

Pulaski, Bob SKI LIFT Pineville, LA United States

Randall, Tom ENCHANTED ENDEAVOR Placitas, NM United States

Raper, Robert FALLEN ANGELS North Bend, OR United States

Raskob, Chris AWAITING INFLATION Columbus, IN United States

Raya, Shawn SULLAIR Oxford, MI United States

Regan, James REFLECTIONS Kensington, CT United States

Ret, Richard GOLDEN HIGH Dallas, TX United States

Rice, Brad HEARTS A’FIRE Rio Rancho, NM United States

Rice, Deborah FOXTROT Houston, TX United States

Rice, Sean AIR ROCKY TOP Tarrytown, NY United States

Richardson, Andy FROST MTG. / MAEZ GROUP Albuquerque, NM United States

Richardson, Shane WILDTHANG Albuquerque, NM United States

Robinson, Cody GRAND BANANA 2.0 Kansas City, MO United States

Rodden, John SONRISE Owasso, OK United States

Rogers, Randy WELLS FARGO 2 Albuquerque, NM United States

Roholt, Jesse RAINBOW RYDERS Glendale, AZ United States

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Roller, Billy SKYPONY Lubbock, TX United States

Romaneschi, Bob ARIZONA SUPERSTAR Peoria, AZ United States

Rose, Don DANCES WITH WINDS Albuquerque, NM United States

Ross, John LONGWINDED Appleton, WI United States

Rucker, John NOT YET NAMED Genoa City, WI United States

Ruth, Dale DAWN’S DELIGHT Albuquerque, NM United States

Sabia, Chris WONDER BREAD Overland Park, KS United States

Sabin, Richard NIGHT BREEZE Henderson, TX United States

Sachenbacher, Rudi LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Lowell, MA • United States

Salazar, Alfred RAINBOW RYDERS Bernalillo, NM United States

Sanchez, Ron WELLS FARGO 1 Albuquerque, NM United States

Sandlin, Taylon NEBULA Albuquerque, NM United States

Sandlin, Tony STOP LIGHT Fishers, IN United States

Sasser, Daniel MAS TEQUILA! Charlotte, NC United States

Scheer, Steve HIGH TIMES Castle Rock, CO United States

Schick, Chuck BRILLIANT SHADOW Bosque Farms, NM United States

Schill, Jane WHISPERING SPIRIT Albuquerque, NM United States

Schmitz, Jon FLYER Littleton, CO United States

Schuler, Nolan BELLA COLORADO Manitou Springs, CO United States

Schultz, Marvin SUNDANCE BALLOONS Belmont, Ontario Canada

Schulz, Daniel SCARLET ANGEL Belen, NM United States

Schwemmer, Kasey MOON PIGEON Wichita, KS United States

Scott, Michael SPIRIT’S RAINBOW Oklahoma City, OK United States

See, Glenn RACY MADAME Elephant Butte, NM United States

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Seeger, Anthony CAROLINA TWIST Travelers Rest, SC United States

Seghers, Joseph SKY STAR Breendonk, Antwerpen Belgium

Seibel, Zach SUNDANCE BALLOONS Belmont, Ontario Canada

Serra, Christine ARTEMIS Clinton, NJ United States

Sevrin, Sidney TIME FLIES Villers-la-Ville, Walloon Brabant • Belgium

Shelton, Jonathan STRAYLIGHT 2 West Des Moines, IA United States

Sherman, Carol FINAL FRONTIER Kansas City, MO United States

Short, Dennis CHAMPAGNE COWBOY Broken Arrow, OK United States

Skach, Bruce ZROZRO7 Wichita, KS United States

Skelton, Megan MAHARANI Castle Rock, CO United States

Sklute, Ken FRACTALS Tempe, AZ United States

Smart, Chris DREAM CATCHER Huntington, IN United States

Smatana, Bernard EMINENCE El Paso, TX United States

Smith, Kathy LEVITY Albuquerque, NM United States

Smith, Neal FIRST LIGHT Albuquerque, NM United States

Soffera, Janet VACATION Rio Rancho, NM United States

Spencer, Laurie COCA-COLA Bosie, ID United States

Squires, Rick HIGHER DESIRE Rio Rancho, NM United States

Standefer, Wayne WAYNES AIR TOY Italy, TX United States

Steinbock, Tom SUNSET DREAMS Crestwood, KY United States

Stevens, Patrick RAINBOW RYDERS Phoenix, AZ United States

Stevenson, Frank MIS-DIRECTION Frankfort, KY United States

Stockley, Don MOONSHINE Murray, UT United States

Stokoe, Steven KNIGHT RIDER Lutz, FL United States

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OFFICIAL GENERATOR

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*For rules, details, and registration, visit the Honda display. Please read the owner’s manual before operating your Honda Power Equipment and never use in a closed or partly enclosed area where you could be exposed to odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide. Connection of a generator to house power requires a transfer device to avoid possible injury to power company personnel. Consult a qualified electrician. © 2018 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.


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Story, Wayne SANTA FE SUNRISE Austin, TX United States

Strickland, Dave SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE Columbus, OH United States

Stukas, Daniel CAROLINA BREEZE Central, SC United States

Stukas, Daniel SHOVEL MAN Central, SC United States

Stutsman, Gene MIDNIGHT DRIFTER Goshen, IN United States

Sullivan, Dave CHECKRIDE Fayetteville, GA United States

Sullivan, Mark CODE RED Albuquerque, NM United States

Sutter, Denis LUCKY CHARM Hallsville, MO United States

Tadolini, Ken OUTLAW Denver, CO United States

Takach, Keith TAKACH ANOTHER BREEZE Albuquerque, NM United States

Taylor, Brian MAJOR AWARD Columbia, MO United States

Taylor, Tim DEE III Holladay, UT United States

Tennis, David CAVU Tijeras, NM United States

Thacher, Elaine I’M BANANAS2 Albuquerque, NM United States

Thevenot, Frederic SUNDANCE BALLOONS Belmont, Ontario Canada

Thomas, George TIGER PAW EXPRESS Hallsville, MO United States

Thompson, Jon RAINBOW RYDERS Kissimmee, FL United States

Thompson, Phil BURR Galena, IL United States

Thornton, Floyd THUNDERCLOUD St Louis, MO United States

Thornton, Ronald PEANUTS 4EVER Littleton, MA United States

Trapp, Brian TINY Oregonia, OH United States

Treacy, Marsha RAINBOW RYDERS Phoenix, AZ United States

Trieber, Steve RAINBOW RYDERS Eastport, ME United States

Trillanes, Elisa SKINNY STUFF Albuquerque, NM United States

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Van Sant, Lori BLACK MAGIC WOMAN Albuquerque, NM United States

VandeHoef, Ed FADE AWAY Broomfield, CO United States

Vencel, Travis RAINBOW RYDERS Laffayette, IN United States

Vesely, Scott TOO GRATEFUL St. Paul, TX United States

Voorhees, Mike CRYPTONAUT Albuquerque, NM United States

Wade, Clare EMERALD CHARM Houston, TX United States

Walker, Bill HONEY DO Albuquerque, NM United States

Walker, Elizabeth LOOKING GLASS Rio Rancho, NM United States

Wallace, Marilyn RAINBOW THRU HEAVEN Santa Monica, CA United States

Walsh, Dan DISTRACTIONX Redlands, CA United States

Walter, Ken KAY’S WINDDANCER II Waukesha, WI United States

Walz, Chuck SUNNY TRAILS Munith, MI United States

Waner, Andy HUBBABUBBA El Paso, TX United States

Watson, Barney COOL BEANS!! Placitas, NM United States

Watson-Meinke, Peggy STARLITE Santa Paula, CA United States

Weiner, Kenny INDEPENDENCE Lakewood, WA United States

Wells, Bill SIERRA SUNRISE Carson City, NV United States

Welz, Zerek MONKEY SEE MONKEY FLEW Albuquerque, NM United States

West, Kay RED, WHITE & POOH Sioux Falls, SD United States

Mark West SUN DOG Sioux Falls, SD United States

Westra, Mark TOO HOT TOO HANDLE Greenfield, IN United States

White, Cheri TOUCHSTONE ENERGY COOPERATIVES Lakeway, TX • United States

White, Malcolm NIZHONI GALLUP Trim, Meath Ireland

Whiting, Mark BIG TOP Denver, CO United States

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Whitling, Ian FRUITFLY Albuquerque, NM United States

Wiley, Sam WILEY COYOTE San Marcos, TX United States

Wilkinson, Steven LIMONCELLO Palm Desert, CA United States

Willbanks, Robert GEORGIA FLOWER GARDEN Lavonia, GA United States

Williams, Andy BIG POPPA Galena, IL United States

Williams, Jim PIX Katy, TX United States

Williams SR., Lewin SPLIT TAIL Las Vegas, NV United States

Wills, Buzz CALYPSO Amarillo, TX United States

Wilson, John SPECTRUM Albuquerque, NM United States

Wix, Shawn KOB4 Phoenix, AZ United States

Wolfe, Dennis ZULU Tampa, FL United States

Wolfe, Jonathan INFINITUDE Albuquerque, NM United States

Woller, Glenn BURNNG DESIRE Stevens Point, WI United States

Wolters, Layne BLUE THUNDER Holts Summit, MO United States

Wong, Dale URSA MINOR Rancho Cucamonga, CA United States

Wood, Bruce SOCKO Carbondale, CO United States

Woodhead, Bill HIS SKY Harrison, ID United States

Woodruff, Adele AIRE-N GO BRAGH Albuquerque, NM United States

Word, Glen FLAMETHROWER Anthony, NM United States

Wright, John INDIGO Sebastopol, CA United States

Wright, Jonathan UNCHAINED Las Vegas, NV United States

Wright, Thomee CHAIN GANG Albuquerque, NM United States

Young, Debby REMAX Box Elder, SD United States

Zamora, Loretta SAKI BOMBER Albuquerque, NM United States

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Zielinski, Alan FEATHERLIGHT II Niles, IL United States

Zimmer, Rachel HUCKLEBERRY Rio Rancho, NM United States

SPIRIT OF FIESTA II Albuquerque, NM United States

AWARD-WINNING BALLOON FIESTA BOOK STILL FLYING HIGH

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Other Participating Pilots Archey, Phil COCA-COLA Boise, ID United States Audenaert, Filip PRINCESS NELLY Waasmunster, Flanders Belgium Bacon, Robert SUN FLYER Albuquerque, NM United States

Caton, Roy TIME TRAVELER Cedar Hill, MO United States Christensen, David MOONSHADOW Sioux Falls, SD United States Courtney, Neida FIRST LIGHT Albuquerque, NM United States

Gingerich, Joseph RED, WHITE & POOH Plain City, OH United States Glas, Richard HEAD WEST Jackson, WY United States Gliatti, Mike BURR Lebanon, OH United States

Kalousdian, Rui MR. FISH Beaverton, OR United States Kerber, Richard DREAM CATCHER Wayland, MI United States LaRotonda, David AEROTONDA Albuquerque, NM United States

Martens, Eric J-A-B Indianola, IA United States Martin, Karen SILVER SPIRIT Tucson, AZ United States Mast, William Sierra Sunrise Albuquerque, NM United States

Phelan, Teresa VELMA Lincoln, IL United States Pivic, Bruce HEATWAVE Rock Springs WY, United States Reineke, Kathy SUNSATIONAL Mahomet, IL United States

Bair, Erin BAIRLY AWAKE Colorado Springs, CO United States Ball, David GYPSY SPIRIT Cherry Valley, CA United States Billson, Margaret HUCKLEBERRY Albuquerque, NM United States Book, Charles FIESTA Albuquerque, NM United States Bradley, Savannah LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN Albuquerque, NM United States Buron-Pilatre, Denis PILATRE DE ROZIER Hageville, Lorraine France Carpenter, Michael HIGHBISCUS Albuquerque, NM United States Carroll, Sean SEASONS Marietta, GA United States

Crawford, Dorothy JUNIOR Los Lunas, NM United States Cuneo, Peter SANDIA SUNRISE II Albuquerque, NM United States Davis, Bryan HUWAKA Albuquerque, NM United States DeSantis, Rebecca BOUNCE Albuquerque, NM United States Duncan, Brian ZOE Spring, TX United States Fitch, Matthew HIGHBISCUS Albuquerque, NM United States Fitzgerald, William SS AMERICA Corpus Christi, TX United States Gebhart, James STEP-N-UP 2 Indianola, IA United States

Goade, Michael LADY JESTER Albuquerque, NM United States Griffin, Daniel DIAMONDS Fort Collins, CO United States Harbold, Clarke MORNING STAR Charlotte, NC United States Heinrich, Philip PATIENCE Phoenix, AZ United States Hernandez, Duncan MAVERICK Albuquerque, NM United States Hiben, Eric WILD GOOSE Columbus, GA United States Hunter, Seth ZILTOID Albuquerque, NM United States Irwin, Patrick PIXIE DUST Lovelock, NV United States

LeMay, Stephen HUBBABUBBA Franklin, TN United States Lete, Cheryl HUCKLEBERRY Rio Rancho, NM United States Liberti, Michael AIRTIGHT Highlands Ranch, CO United States Loeffler, Steven DAWN’S DELIGHT Albuquerque, NM United States Lupton, Sally LADY JESTER Albuquerque, NM United States MacLean, Tristan TIME FLIES Albuquerque, NM United States Maes, Ted T.M. FLUF-N-STUF Albuquerque, NM United States Makin, Jessica INTEGRITY Albuquerque, NM United States

May, Rodney PEPPERMINT DREAM TOO Albuquerque, NM United States McAllaster, Phred SILVER LINING Albuquerque, NM United States Mick, Bryan SANDIA SUNRISE II Albuquerque, NM United States Morgan, James CALYPSO Amarillo, TX United States Nelson, Jayme CAROLINA BREEZE Anderson, SC United States Nepute, Joseph LINDY St. Louis, MO United States Pendleton, Mae Bell SPIRIT IN THE SKY Albuquerque, NM United States Phelan, James CAZOOEE Lincoln, IL United States

Runge, David SPIRIT’S RAINBOW Grand Prairie, TX United States Sabia, Amanda WONDER BREAD Overland Park, KS United States Shelhav, Shai AIR ROCKY TOP Albuquerque, NM United States Smith, Allen STARS AND STRIPES Grass Lake, MI United States Spencer, Scott COCA-COLA Boise, ID United States Suttle, Penny SUNNY SIDE UP Strasburg, OH United States Gough, Thomas MARAUDER’S MARK Twin Falls, ID United States Tollefson, Thomas DAKOTA SUNRISE Detriot Lakes, MN United States

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Trillanes, Mark SKINNY STUFF Albuquerque, NM United States Trzebiatowski Jeffrey BURNING DESIRE Appleton, WI United States Van Sant, Kurt BURNING DESIRE Albuquerque, NM United States Vesely, Kimberley LIGHTHOUSE BUS. INFO Rio Rancho, NM United States Watkins, Jon HALE-LUCINATIONS Albuquerque, NM United States Whidden, William HIGH OVER HEAD Tavares, FL United States


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COMPETITION YESTERDAY AND TODAY BY MARILEE NASON & C.W. “WALLY” BOOK FOR THE HERITAGE COMMITTEE WITH MATERIAL FROM THE 2017 MEDIA SURVIVAL GUIDE AND THE 2017 OPERATIONS MANUAL

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f it moves, people will figure out a way to “race” it, and balloons are no exception. You wouldn’t think balloons would be a very likely vehicle for racing — they’re huge, (usually) slow, and go only where the wind takes them. But balloonists are an inventive lot, and they’ve invented creative ways for pilots to compete against one another. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® is no exception. From its earliest days, flying competitions have been among the most exciting aspects of Balloon Fiesta. Pilots especially look forward to taking advantage of a weather phenomenon known as the “Albuquerque Box” which creates the perfect playing field for competition, and pleasure balloonists alike. The box is a phenomenon which occurs in mountain valleys. Air can flow like a liquid. Often, in the early morning when conditions are right, the lower level air which has cooled overnight flows downhill (sinks)

to the south. As the sun comes up over the Sandia Mountains to the east, it warms the air about 1,000 ft above the ground, which causes that warmer layer to flow uphill (rise) to the north. By changing altitude, pilots move their balloons from one layer to the other and navigate up and down the valley. Viewed from the side, the flight profile would look like a box. These winds usually do not hold more than an hour or so because other weather changes begin to affect the flow. From the early Balloon Fiesta events in 1972 & ‘73, competition has enjoyed many evolutions. But there has been one constant: the competitions, referred to as “tasks,” are variations of a theme. The idea is to launch and navigate the balloon to a goal or a target and drop or place a marker on that target, or as near to it as possible. Pilots fly a series of tasks, with daily winners and a Balloon Fiesta champion who achieves the best cumulative result. Tasks generally fall into two categories: Fly-in tasks, where a pilot chooses a launch site a specified distance (say, at least a mile in any direction) from a target and flies to the target, and Judge-Declared Goals where the balloons all launch at the same site and fly to a target or targets downwind.

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For many years, probably the biggest attraction and crowd The signature event of the early pleaser was a Fly in Task called the Balloon Fiestas was the Hare and Key Grab. Pilots launched from Hound, which in Albuquerque was an off-field site of their choice, no known as the Roadrunner Vs. Coyote closer than one statute mile from Race. The first balloon to take off, the center of Balloon Fiesta Park, usually representing the event host, tried to navigate to a tall pole or a non-competing volunteer, (approx.. 30 ft.) in the target area, and grab a set of keys attached to the top of that pole. Those keys fit a brand-new car or chase vehicle, so the stakes were high. A variation of the key grab required pilots to fly to the pole and use a large poker carried in the basket to pop a balloon to collect a Pilots, how fast can you do this? prize coupon inside. Great care was taken to carefully was the Hare, or Roadrunner. This stow away that popping pin for the balloon launched several minutes landing so no one would get hurt. before the Hounds, or the Coyotes, Today’s Balloon Fiesta still and flew a profile that they believed includes a pole, where pilots fly to would be difficult for the rest of the poles and attempt to place a ring pack to duplicate. The Hare then over the top of the target poles. landed and became the target for How, you might ask, did the the Coyote balloons. Most often creative minds at Balloon Fiesta the winds changed just enough to work a bicycle into a balloon race? make it difficult for the Hound pilots Well in 1974 they did just that, with to fly the same profile as the Hare, pilot Bob Russell being declared so the Hound pilots had to devise the winner. The idea was to launch a different navigational plan to get and fly a minimum of eight miles, close. The balloon landing closest to land as soon as safely possible to the Hare won the race. Hare and after covering the eight miles, then Hound races are today still a feature jump on a bike and get back to the of many ballooning events around launch site (in this case the State the country. Fairgrounds) as soon as possible.

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One intrepid pilot’s crew forgot to check out a bike from the scoring team. The pilot talked a young spectator out of his bicycle and quickly pedaled back to the launch site. He didn’t get back in time to win, but he did later make sure that the bike was returned to the kid along with some nice thank you gifts. Those included balloon pins and the offer of a ride. Another fun race was the Race to a Line with a Le Mans start. The race began with the balloon and equipment still loaded in the chase vehicle. A loud horn or other noisemaker signaled the start of the race. Pilots and crew had to unload, inflate, and launch the balloon as quickly as possible. Then the pilot would fly to a designated road or other landmark by finding the quickest wind going in the right direction. An observer would record the precise time that the goal was reached and the team with the shortest time was declared the winner. Balloon Fiesta Hold ‘Em was a Fly in Task that amounted to playing poker from the balloon. Large facsimiles of playing cards were placed in the target area. The pilots shared hole cards and completed the hand by dropping markers on the cards in the target. The best hand won. Balloon Fiesta Blackjack was similar to the poker game, the pilots made the best hand of 21 by dropping markers on the playing cards. All tasks today, and many of the tasks from the past, involve dropping a marker on a target.

Examples of Fly in Task(s) (FITs)

Examples of Judge/Fiesta Declared Goal(s) (JDGs)

Pole/Key/Prize Grabs &/or Ring Toss Minimum Distance Double Drop (MDD) Maximum Distance Double Drop (XDD) Gordon Bennett Memorial (GBM) Sid Cutter Memorial (SCM) Balloon Fiesta Golf Balloon Fiesta Hold ‘em Balloon Fiesta Blackjack

Hare & Hound (Roadrunner Vs Wile E. Coyote) Balloon and Bicycle Race Crepe Paper Duration Race Race to a Line with a Le Mans Start Judge-Declared Goal Barograph (Flying to a sequence of specific altitudes)

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Football-shaped “racers” jockey for position with regularshaped balloons approaching the target area.

Today’s markers are small baggies with a couple of ounces of bird seed or sand inside and a ribbon attached to the baggie. The ribbon can be used to apply an adhesive label with the pilot’s identifying information so that the scorers know who gets the points. Over the years, though, many more creative scoring markers have been used in Balloon Fiesta competition: five-pound bags of flour, tumbleweeds, lightweight boxes with the sponsor’s logo, rings similar to a hula hoop, and ping pong balls with a crepe paper streamer. The winds have more or less effect on the markers depending on what they are made of. A ping pong ball with a streamer will tend to be blown off target more than a 5 lb. bag of flour. For obvious safety reasons, a 5 lb. bag of flour would not be allowed today. It is a rule violation and point deduction to drop a marker outside of the target zone designated for scoring. The idea is to discourage pilots from dropping markers over

spectators, or when there is no chance of a score.

TODAY’S COMPETITIONS

Today’s Balloon Fiesta competitive events include Fly In Task(s) (FITs), Judge Declared Goal(s) (JDGs), Multiple Judge Declared Goal(s) (MJDGs), Minimum Distance Double Drop (MDD), Maximum Distance Double Drop (XDD), Balloon Fiesta Golf, the Gordon Bennett Memorial (GBM) and the Sid Cutter Memorial. A Memorial race is a task designed to honor the memory of a notable balloonist or individual who has made a contribution to the sport of ballooning. Some races are run concurrently and a pilot can score in two events in the course of one flight. The Balloonmeister – the chief official in charge of flying events – working with the competition scoring team determines which competitions will be flown based on the day’s weather and wind conditions.

Sometimes, two or more tasks are combined so pilots compete in more than one task during a single flight. The daily competitions are broken up into groups with around 50 pilots in each group. These groups are determined by the size of the balloons. Football-shaped envelopes, also known as Racers, are grouped together with the smaller standard shape balloons. The Racers are more maneuverable than standard shapes and are the balloon of choice for serious competitors. The largest balloons allowed to compete are 105,000 cubic feet and those balloons also get grouped together. On days when the targets are on the launch field at Balloon Fiesta Park, pilots start a minimum of a mile outside of the Park, and, attempt to navigate as closely as they can to the targets on the field. On days when the targets are off of the launch field pilots start from Balloon Fiesta Park, and attempt to navigate as closely as they can to the pre-arranged targets off the field.

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apart as possible in different but associated scoring areas. Only those markers inside the scoring areas will be scored. GORDON BENNETT MEMORIAL

Competitors find their own launch area at the specified minimum distance, no closer than one statute mile from the center of Balloon Fiesta Park and excluding Prohibited Zones and Sensitive Areas (areas where pilots are discouraged from launching and landing). They will attempt to drop a marker close to a target set by the Balloonmeister within the target area at Balloon Fiesta Park. The target will be on the field in view of the spectators. Balloon Fiesta Golf: The object of the competition is for the pilot to drop his/her marker(s) closest to the pin (flag) on a “golf green” outlined on the field. Only markers that land within the outlined golf greens will receive a measurement and score. Shortest distance gets the highest score.

(GBM): Named after a pioneer in gas balloon racing, the GBM requires the competitor to drop a marker in a defined scoring area (often a geometric or unusual shape) adjacent to the defined goal. The target can be outside of the scoring area. The objective is to drop the marker inside the defined or outlined scoring area (cactus shape in this example) as close as possible to the target. Markers dropping outside the scoring area, even if closer to the target, receive a “no result” score. Sid Cutter Memorial Task (GBM): The event is designed and dedicated to the memory of Balloon

Minimum Distance Double Drop (MDD): Competitors drop two markers as closely together as possible but on different, associated targets (scoring areas). Maximum Distance Double Drop (XDD): This task is the opposite of the MDD: this time, competitors try to drop markers as markers as far

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Fiesta founder Sid Cutter. When Sid won the National Championship for the second time, a boat was anchored in a lake and the goal was to land a marker on the boat. Markers landing in the water were not scored! Balloon Fiesta created its own version of this event, naming the target boat (yes, it’s a real boat) the “USS Sid Cutter.” Competitors attempt to drop a marker on one of four targets in proximity to and/or surrounding the (X) in the center. The tip of the bow of the boat is the best possible score, and is closest to the (X). The other three scoring areas represent two islands and a beach. Scores are measured from the center of the target (X). Any marker outside of the announced scoring area will not be scored.

Sid Cutter’s wife, Jewel, with the “Sid Cutter.”


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Park. The shortest distance between the marker and the center of the target gets the best score.

Judge/Fiesta Declared Goal (JDG):

Multiple Judge Declared Goal

Competitors launch from Balloon Fiesta Park and use available surface and upper level winds to navigate to a point near the selected goal and drop a marker. The targets are at least one mile from Balloon Fiesta

(MJDG): Similar to the single goal, competitors use available surface and upper level winds to navigate and attempt to drop a marker close to any of several goals (targets) selected by

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the Balloonmeister. Pilots generally have to fly at least one mile to a target designated on the Balloon Fiesta Pilot Map. The pilot does not have to declare his/her goal in advance. The shortest distance between the marker and the center of the target gets the best score.


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BALLOON FIESTA JACKETS AN INSIDER’S GUIDE

BY TOM MCCONNELL, FOR THE AIBF HERITAGE COMMITTEE “Hey Mom, we’re supposed to be at the Discovery Center in five minutes. Where is it?” “Sweetie, I can’t find the map they gave us. Let’s ask that woman over there with the official-looking turquoise jacket. It has the same logo on the back as that pilot we were talking to.” “Ma’am, can you help us find the Discovery Center?” “Sure - come with me and I’ll show you. By the way, my name’s Marsha, and I’m a Navigator. We volunteer here at Balloon Fiesta, and we help people just like you.”

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f you’re lost or injured or curious or trying to find a certain balloon or pilot, who do you approach for help? The field is thronged with pilots, balloon crew people, and sponsors. And it seems like almost everyone has a jacket with a logo on it. Different types of jackets identify officials and VIPs for this year’s Balloon Fiesta. However, others are from past Balloon Fiestas or from balloon events in other places in other years, even some from other countries. Some official-looking jackets are from businesses not connected with Balloon Fiesta. Many balloon teams have their

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own jackets and logos. For 2018 alone, there are eight different official jacket (or parka) colors, and four different logos that you will see on the jacket backs. In this sea of jackets and logos, how do you figure out who’s the right person to ask for directions to the first aid center . . . or the rest room? If you know who wears what jacket, it’s easy to know who’s “in the know,” so here’s the inside skinny. And if you nod off reading this article, the author promises that you will not be held accountable. He nodded off writing it.


ROYAL BLUE jackets with the full official Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta logo are worn by the members of the Board of Directors and the organization’s permanent staff, the key people who plan and manage the Balloon Fiesta year-round. These include the Executive Director, Director of Operations, the Director and Assistant Director of Public Relations, and members of the paid Balloon Fiesta staff. RED jackets (parkas) with FIESTA logos are worn by the officials in charge of flying events: the Balloonmeister, and Assistant Balloonmeister, Safety Officers, the lead officials in charge of launch, scoring, and propane, and members of the Weather and Landowner Relations Teams. YELLOW-GREEN jackets with this year’s “Carry Me Away” official logo and the words “PUBLIC SAFETY” below are worn by Public Safety Officers. These individuals are employed by the Balloon Fiesta to assist with security and traffic control, and work directly with the many local police, fire, rescue, military, and law enforcement agencies (whose officers wear their own agency uniforms) to help keep guests safe at Balloon Fiesta. TURQUOISE jackets with the “Carry Me Away” logo are worn by Balloon Fiesta volunteers, who are called “Navigators” because they act as “guides” interpreting the event for Balloon Fiesta guests. You’ll see Navigators all around Balloon Fiesta Park: in the Gondola Club, Chasers’ Club, Balloon Discovery Center, the RV lots, Courtesy Shuttles, Information Booth, the Media Center, and of course on the launch field. Launch directors are essentially “referees” working the field during launch, coordinating with the officials and pilots to safely manage the Balloon Fiesta’s mass ascensions and other events. So they wear BLACK AND WHITE STRIPES, as they have since 1978, and they’re nicknamed “Zebras”. Their outfits often feature self-created outrageous variations on the basic black-and-white scheme. A Launch Director in training is called a ZIT (zebra-in-training) and must qualify for three years before becoming a full-fledged Zebra. As volunteers, Zebras are Navigators, and off-duty often wear Navigator turquoise jackets. So, about those questions . . . Balloon Fiesta staff and officials, launch directors, Navigators, and Public Safety Officers can all assist guests on the field. Navigators all receive training on ballooning and Balloon Fiesta and can answer most questions and summon assistance if needed. Most field officials (including launch directors) and public safety officers carry radios.

Zebras and “zits” – ready to help!

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STAFF

FLYING EVENT OFFICIALS

PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS

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Balloon officials Henry Rosenbaum, Melissa Bond, Bill Brennan, and Brad Temeyer in their official red jackets, ready to help!

You’ll also see these official jackets at Balloon Fiesta Park: Pilots wear NAVY jackets with the “Carry Me Away” official logo. You can tell which pilots fly special shapes because the little balloons on the right side of the big balloon in the logo are special shape balloons. TEAL GREEN jackets are worn by sponsors as part of their paid sponsorships. These are the people and companies who purchase various promotional products and services. Be sure to thank them, because Balloon Fiesta could not go on without them! And finally, you too can look “official” at Balloon Fiesta! The DARK NAVY jackets with the event logo are sold in the official merchandise tents and at the Balloon Fiesta gift shop at Alameda and Balloon Museum Drive. Get yours today! OK, wake up now and enjoy the Carnival in the Sky!

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UNDERSEA MASS ASCENSION

The Balloon Fiesta brings a bit of high flying color to descents into the briny deep – and some truly far-flung places!

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BY DICK BROWN, FOR THE AIBF HERITAGE COMMITTEE

reetings Balloon Fiesta fans! Submarine USS New Mexico here, coming to you from the briny deep. I surfaced here in the official program because I’d like to convey some little known facts about my relationship with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. I hope I didn’t splash you too much on the way to the surface. I know the Balloon Fiesta is truly international. I get that. After all, balloon pilots, crews and fans come from all over the world to be a part of this annual ballooning extravaganza. But I’d like to point out a completely different reason for it being international. Inside my thick steel hull, along the port side of my crew’s mess, there has been a nuclearpowered undersea mass ascension underway for over seven years. As a gallery of six high-resolution photographic panels depicting balloons flying over your city, this mass ascension has been taking place all over the world, from the North Pole to the Caribbean, from our Atlantic seaboard to Europe and

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the Mediterranean, logging over 125,000 miles and descending to depths that I cannot report. This submarine, with her perpetual undersea mass ascension, was commissioned in 2010 in Newport News, Virginia. Since then I have been home-ported in Groton, Connecticut – the Submarine Capital of the World. The photo panels, mounted on two-foot double-door lockers, have featured balloons launching at the 2008 Balloon Fiesta by Kim Vesely

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and balloons ready for launch by Ron Behrmann. And a favorite of my crew has been Raymond Watt’s image of Azul with its monstrous jaws about to swallow a basket full of juicy passengers at the 2005 Balloon Fiesta. The three spectacular images by the late Cindy Petrehn have also been crew favorites; namely, over 100 balloons inflating at Balloon Fiesta Park in 2005, a mass ascension at the 2002 Balloon Fiesta, and 20 balloons lining up for a splash n’ dash in the Rio Grande in 2007. I would like to have been part of that splash n’ dash but I had not undergone my sea trials yet – and besides, my navigator tells me that the river would have been far too shallow for me. In 2013, I made my maiden deployment, a 6-month, 34,000mile journey that included a North Atlantic port call in Haakonsvern, just southwest of Bergen, Norway; Faslane, 25 miles northwest of Glasgow, Scotland; and the Atlantic port of Rota, Spain. Think of it as the Balloon Fiesta travelling to Norway, the United Kingdom and Spain. The Balloon Fiesta ventured across the Arctic Circle in 2014 and conducted under-ice operations


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USS New Mexico at the North Pole.

PHOTO COURTESY OF US NAVY

Photo panels on locker doors in the crew’s mess.

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Looking forward in the crew’s mess.

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200 miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. While in the Arctic, I surfaced at the North Pole, and then on my way home I made a port call in Halifax, Nova Scotia. So the Balloon Fiesta has not only been to the Top of the World, but has also been to Canada. I understand that 22 Canadian balloon pilots, hailing from Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario, participated in the Balloon Fiesta that year. In 2015, as part of the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet operations in the North Atlantic, I made our second 6-month deployment, cruising 36,000 miles and making return visits to Norway, United Kingdom and Spain. The latter two nations were represented by pilots at the 2015 Balloon Fiesta. In fact, Spain had hot air and gas balloon pilots at both the 2014 and 2015 events. On such port calls, I serve as a goodwill ambassador, enhancing US-Europe relations as our Navy helps to maintain security and stability in the region. My captain is getting ready to order me to submerge again, but first I want to quickly fill you in on our third 6-month deployment in 2017, when I operated in both the North Atlantic and in the Mediterranean. I logged 37,000 miles on my odometer and quietly maneuvered past the shoreline of 17 countries! On that voyage, while sitting among drifting balloons, my crew consumed 150,000 pounds of food. Also on that voyage, I visited Faslane, Scotland; Souda Bay on the Greek island of Crete; and the Mediterranean port of Toulon in southern France. Standby, I’m preparing to dive but just wanted to confirm that my sources report that, at last year’s Balloon Fiesta, among the 79 international pilots, there were five pilots from France, three flying hot air balloons and two co-piloting a gas balloon, plus two pilots from Norway and one from Spain. “Dive! Dive! Make your depth one-fivezero feet.” That’s the captain on the 1MC. I’m going down. To quickly summarize before my antennas dip below the waves, my Undersea Mass Ascension has cruised from the Submarine Capital of the World to the North Pole, Canada, France, Greece, Norway, Scotland and Spain, while balloon pilots from these nations have launched from the Balloon Capital of the World – emphasizing the word “international” in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Glub-glub.


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LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS,

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The Special Shape Rodeo Celebrates 30 Years TM

BY KIM VESELY

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sk any Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® guest what their favorite balloon is, and chances are (unless it’s a pilot or crew member talking about their own balloon) it’s going to be a bird, a bee, a baby, a dog, a cat, a fish, a science fiction villain (or hero), an astronaut, even an alien . . . one of those fantastic creations known as “special shapes.” A special shape balloon, simply put, is a balloon that is any shape other than the conventional inverted teardrop shape of a traditional hot-air balloon or the “football” shaped small “racer” balloons flown by some pilots in competition. The variations can be simple – the ears, noses, whiskers, snouts, hats, and other little appendages used to create Carmen Miranda, Uncle Sam, Ham-Let the flying pig, Smokey Bear, the flying Football, and numerous puppies, kitties and other critters. Or they can be incredibly complicated: Airabelle the Creamland cow, Wells Fargo’s ¢NT’R Stage, fire engines, dragons, even whole flying buildings like The Cathedral or the Brandenburg

Gate. If someone can imagine it, sophisticated computer design and hundreds of hours of hand-sewing can create it! Special shape balloons began appearing at the Balloon Fiesta in its earliest days. The earliest ones, in the 1970s and early 1980s, include G-GOLLY (a kind of weird-headed cartoon character), the Whaleloon, a popcorn kernel, Mr. Peanut, lots of beverage cans and bottles, and all-time favorites like The GR-E-A-T Tony (the Tiger) and Earforce One (read: Mickey Mouse). In the mid1980s, more sophisticated designs began to appear: the Virgin America airplane, the flying saucer, Chick-IBoom (the first Albuquerque-based special shape), and the (rolled-up)

If someone can imagine it, sophisticated computer design and hundreds of hours of handsewing can create it! Financial Times newspaper. By 1989, as the number of special-shape balloons continued to grow, the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors decided these amazing creations should have a showcase of their own: the Special Shape Rodeo™. The new event was an immediate, huge hit and is now one of the most popular events at the Balloon Fiesta. Originally it included – as it does now – morning Special Shape mass ascensions/competitions on Thursday and Friday of Balloon Fiesta Week, as well as afternoon free flights. Over the next several years, the always problematic afternoon flights (it was often too windy) evolved into the evening Special Shape Glowdeos™, a balloon glow specifically showcasing

the 100+ special shape balloons. Glowdeo guests can wander among the balloons, talk to the pilots, and get an up-close view of the intricate systems of cables and baffles that help the inflated balloons keep their special shapes. Today’s Special Shape Rodeo is a pleasing combination of old favorites – Darth Vader and Master Yoda, the Bee family, Uncle Sam and Chick-I-Boom, The Stork, Koshare Gallup, and of course Airabelle – and new, ever-more-imaginative balloons like Piranha, Armadillo, the jailbird Con Air and his pursuer Keystone Willy, l Mariachi and Mexican Doll, Pandy, Bill the Vampire, and every launch director’s favorite, the zebra Mister Z. Some readers may be booing now that we didn’t mention 1 Down 8-2Go (the dead cat), Cutie Dink (the not-dead cat), Cosmos 1 the astronaut, Mr. Fish, Big Hug, Robbie, Squawkurs, Baby Car . . . But one thing is sure – at the Balloon Fiesta’s Special Shapes showcases, everyone has a favorite! Come and find yours!

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Ary, George BLACK SHEEP Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo Brazil

Bonimcontro, Marcos ARMADILLO São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Butler, Bill PUDDLE JUMPER Alamogordo, NM United States

Chieruzzi, Maria THE LOVEBIRDS Simi Valley, CA United States

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Ashton, Greg MISS BELL Meridian, ID United States

Boulet, Mark PIRATE JACK Newport Beach, CA United States

Assis, Luiz Paulo BIDU BALLOON São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Baker, Bill BIMBO BEAR Tyler, TX United States

Brown, Toby KERMIE Denver, CO United States

Boyer, Don PREVENTIVE PEST CONTROL Belen, NM United States

Campanale, Frank CAROUSEL Orchard Lake, MI United States

Davison, Neil BALLOONAFUL SUNRISE Phoenix, AZ United States

Cassell, James BEAGLE MAXIMUS Albuquerque, NM United States

de Almeida, Ricardo WOOZI São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

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DeGraff, Trudy CUTIE DINK Corrales, NM United States

Baker, Dave KOALA Thatcham, Berkshire Great Britain

Broker, Bill SPYDER PIG Plano, TX United States

Cavin, John ROCKET THE FLYING SQUIRREL Indialantic, FL United States

Edwards, Don SNO BIRD Palmer, AK United States

Ballinger, Barry IN THE BUFF Lubbock, TX United Stat87

Burrows, Paul BUSTER THE BULLDOGG Bristol, Banes Great Britain

Cesnik, Luke FREEDOM FLIGHT V Saint Cloud, MN United States

Shrum, Mike TE AMO Bellevue, NE United States


Fonseca, Luiz NITROFISH São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Gantt, Doug HAM-LET DeLand, FL United States

Garcia, Mike 1 DOWN 8-2GO Rio Rancho, NM United States

Glen, Chris JOEY BEE Colbert, WA United States

Glen, Michael JOELLY Maricopa, AZ United States

Graham, Colin BUDDY BEAVER Belgrade, MT United States

Griggs, Katie SUSHI Dayton, NV United States

Grimes, Doug BILA Albuquerque, NM United States

Hlebechuk, Kris PUDDLES Wasilla, AK United States

Guimaraes, Homero BILL THE VAMPIRE São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Haliczer, Jeff OFF THE WALL Reno, NV United States

Holly, Andrew TALL STEVE Breadstone, Gloucestershire Great Britain

Holmes, Jerry COSMOS 1 Fort Worth , TX United States

Hooper, Lee EMOJI Oswestry, Shropshire Great Britain

Kleinsmit, Herman VAN GOGH Oudehaske, Friesland Netherlands

Knuth, Paul TOM CAT Crestwood, KY United States

Jaques, Tyler PIGASUS Battle Creek, MI United States

Kolba, Jon CHIC-I-BOOM Crooks, SD United States

Kalousdian, Rubens MR. FISH São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Komadina, Steve THE STORK Corrales, NM United States

Karlsson, Diane WALKIN’ ON AIR Chandler, TX United States

Kehoe, Glo BLUE CHAIR BAY Albuquerque, NM United States

Korfe, Mike BUMPY Albuquerque, NM United States

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Kubicek, Petr LITTLE CON Brno Czech Republic

Lapointe, Will KEYSTONE WILLY Palm Springs, CA United States

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Lambert, Benoit DARTH VADER BALLOON Court -Saint-Étienne Belgium

Lawhorn, Rich HUMPTY DUMPTY Louisville, KY United States

Lambert, Michel MASTER YODA BALLOON Court -Saint-Étienne, Belgium Belgium

Lawton, Jeff OWL BALLOON Godalming, Surrey Great Britain

Loy, Michael HIGH KITTY BALLOON Cedar Hill, TX United States

Lupton, Robert LADY JESTER Albuquerque, NM United States

Macedo, Warley LOTTIE DOTTIE CHICKEN Boituva, São Paulo Brazil

Mitchell, Max EL FONZ Champaign, IL United States

Monahan, Todd SIMBA Lake George, NY United States

Moore, Ashley WES THE WOLF Wickwar, Gloucestershire United Kingdom

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Little, Rollie SARAH THE WITCH Glendale, AZ United States

Martin, Ian BUSBY QUEENS GUARD Falfield, South Gloucestershire Great Britain

Moore, Gary OWLBERT EYENSTEIN Lake Havasu City, AZ United States

Langford, Neal SPLASH Bath, NC United States

Lopes, Felipe SAXON BALLOON São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Martins, Ricardo LITTLE BALL BALL Araḉoiaba da Serra, São Paulo Brazil

Mumm, Karalyn HIGH TOP FLIER Reno, NV United States


Myazov, Viktor YELLOW SUBMARINE Bayswater, Victoria Australia

Reineke, David PEGLEG PETE Mahomet, IL United States

Naccarato, Kiko RATCHEESE Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo Brazil

Ribeiro, Fabricio JUPITER MEN Barueri, São Paulo Brazil

Romaneschi, Bob LILLY BEE Peoria, AZ United States

Sines, Janice BUZZY THE BEE Jefferson City, MO United States

Stutsman, Gene TERRY MOUSE Goshen, IN United States

Nilz, Pat SAHUARO GRANDE Tucson, AZ United States

Ritchie, Dale AIRABELLE Golden, British Columbia Canada

Richards, Ursula SQUAWKURS Albuquerque, NM United States

Schuler, Jay PENCIL BOY Reno, NV United States

Souza, Eduardo BABY CAR Barueri, São Paulo Brazil

Neto, Helio CRISTO REDENTOR São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Semler, Jack SMILEY SCARECROW Westfield, IN United States

Taveira, Valdemir LITTLE DOG Osasco, São Paulo Brazil

Shengfu, Chiu PXMART DOLL Taitung City Taiwan

Toledo, Paulo BIG HUG Guarujá, São Paulo Brazil

Penney, Richard SIMBALOO Basingstoke, Hampshire Great Britain

Pat, Rolfe CYNTHIA THE SEAL Battle Creek, MI United States

Sines, Gary COCO THE CLOWN Ashland, MO United States

Turcotte, Daniel PIKO Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec Canada

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Urbanski, Frank UNCLE SAM Dakota Dunes, SD United States

Ware, Brian WHOOZ’UP Salt Lake City, UT United States

van der Horst, Scott OFF YOUR ROCK’R Sebastopol, CA United States

Wooge, Scott LINDY Saint Louis, MO United States

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International Pilots Ary, George BLACK SHEEP Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo Brazil

Cirankewitsch, Bruce SUNKISSED Calgary, Alberta Canada

George, Peter GRAND BRITANNIA Oxford, Oxfordshire Great Britain

Lajoye, Laurent PLOFA Scy-Chazelles, Lorraine France

Martins, Ricardo LITTLE BALL BALL Araḉoiaba da Serra, São Paulo Brazil

Penney, Richard SIMBALOO Basingstoke, Hampshire Great Britain

Thevenot, Frederic SUNDANCE BALLOONS Belmont, Ontario Canada

Assis, Luiz Paulo BIDU BALLOON São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Comellas, Carles JACK FM Belmont, Ontario Canada

Guimaraes, Homero BILL THE VAMPIRE São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Lambert, Benoit DARTH VADER BALLOON Court -Saint-Étienne Belgium

Monk, Chris MISFIT Meare, Somerset Great Britain

Ribeiro, Fabricio JUPITER MEN Barueri, São Paulo Brazil

Toledo, Paulo BIG HUG Guarujá, São Paulo Brazil

Baker, Dave KOALA Thatcham, Berkshire Great Britain

Cooper, Hal UPTUIT Port Hope, Ontario Canada

Haynes, Kevin LA CUMBIA Bogotá, Distrito Capital Colombia

Lambert, Michel MASTER YODA BALLOON Court -Saint-Étienne, Belgium Belgium

Moore, Ashley WES THE WOLF Wickwar, Gloucestershire Great Britain

Ritchie, Dale AIRABELLE Golden, British Columbia Canada

Turcotte, Daniel PIKO Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec • Canada

Bell, Graham BLANK CZECH Malvern, Worcestershire Great Britain

Davidson, John RADIO STATION Belmont, Ontario Canada

Hoefler, Greg CAPRICE DU CIEL Chaillon, Lorraine France

Lang, Dale JELLY BEAN Taber, Alberta Canada

Msuya, Moses CHYM FM Belmont, Ontario Canada

Schultz, Marvin BIG BLUE Belmont, Ontario Canada

Van Overwalle, Peter PRINCESS NELLY Nazareth, Oost Vlaanderen Belgium

Bonimcontro, Marcos ARMADILLO São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

de Almeida, Ricardo WOOZI São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Holly, Andrew TALL STEVE Breadstone, Gloucestershire Great Britain

Lawton, Jeff OWL BALLOON Godalming, Surrey Great Britain

Myazov, Viktor YELLOW SUBMARINE Bayswater, Victoria Australia

Seghers, Joseph SKY STAR Breendonk, Antwerp Belgium

Viner, John HYLA THE FROG North Muskham, Nottinghamshire Great Britain

Bueno, Javier FIG LEON León, Guanajuato Mexico

Drganc, Luka KISS/JACK FM Belmont,Ontario Canada

Hooper, Lee EMOJI Oswestry, Shropshire Great Britain

Lips, Arne LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN Ledegem Belgium

Naccarato, Kiko RATCHEESE Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo Brazil

Seibel, Zach SUNDANCE BALLOONS Belmont, Ontario Canada

White, Malcolm NIZHONI GALLUP Trim, Meath Ireland

Buron-Pilatre, Philippe PILATRE DE ROZIER Hagéville, Lorraine France

Dyer, Jonathan HELP FOR HEROES Farnborough, Hampshire Great Britain

Kalousdian, Rubens MR. FISH São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Llado-Costa, Josep FRIENDSHIP BALLOON Òdena, Catalonia Spain

Neto, Helio CRISTO REDENTOR São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Sevrin, Sidney TIME FLIES Villers-la-Ville, Walloon Brabant Belgium

Burrows, Paul BUSTER THE BULLDOGG Bristol, Banes Great Britain

Fonseca, Luiz NITROFISH São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Kleinsmit, Herman VAN GOGH Oudehaske, Friesland Netherlands

Lopes, Felipe SAXON BALLOON São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

O’Neill, Mark SUNDANCE BALLOONS Belmont, Ontario Canada

Shengfu, Chiu PXMART DOLL Taitung City Taiwan

Butko, Alex COLORFUL Moscow Russia

Freve, Andrew APTIVENT Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Québec • Canada

Kornkoseeyakaj, Rapee GOLDEN SINGHA Bang Sue District, Bangkok Thailand

Macedo, Warley LOTTIE DOTTIE CHICKEN Boituva, São Paulo Brazil

Orchard, Tim GREEN Aylesbury, Bucks Great Britain

Souza, Eduardo BABY CAR Barueri, São Paulo Brazil

Cadel, Ettore ABEILLE Cannes La Bocca France

Gates, Jon GO PER Oswestry, Shropshire Great Britain

Kubicek, Petr LITTLE CON Brno Czech Republic

Martin, Ian BUSBY QUEENS GUARD Falfield, South Gloucestershire Great Britain

Ouellette Freve, Johann FREEDOM Longueuil, Québec Canada

Taveira, Valdemir LITTLE DOG Osasco, São Paulo Brazil

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ou would think that it wouldn’t take 46 years for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the most photographed event in the world, to put some live pictures of their own, on the air for the world to see. But it did. In 2017 Balloon Fiesta produced,

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for the first time ever, its own live video coverage of the entire event and streamed it via Facebook, YouTube and on the Balloon Fiesta website. And the response was overwhelming. The 30 hours of live video racked up 384,000 views across all the platforms. The concept of Balloon Fiesta Live! began to take shape in

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January 2017 with a meeting to better coordinate multiple entertainment activities at Balloon Fiesta Park. By the end of the meeting, the topic had changed to: can we put on a live video show? Attendees at the meeting were tasked to research cost and feasibility. It was determined it could be done, even though the


An announcer’s-eye view of the Balloon Fiesta: the anchor team on the air during a mass ascension. In front of them, on the tower at the left of the photo, the Balloonmeister, Chief Safety and Launch Officers, and other officials monitor the launch. budget for the 2017 event had been of ballooning (both Moyer and Lloyd set months before. Jr. are pilots), Balloon Fiesta, and Art Lloyd Jr., one of the event the City of Albuquerque, both have announcers, stepped up to take years of broadcasting experience in on the role of Executive Producer. radio and television both as on-air Art has been involved with Balloon hosts and in behind-the-scenes video Fiesta for 36 years in a multitude and audio production. The third of roles and at one point in his member of the regular announce career spent time as a radio and TV team, veteran radio personality reporter, anchor and producer. The anchor team in action: Art Lloyd, Jr. and Glen Moyer Back in 1990, he wrote, produced and anchored a television special on Balloon Fiesta complete with a live broadcast of the Special Shapes Rodeo. With just 208 days until The World’s Premier Balloon Event would take to the skies, a decision was made to proceed full steam ahead. While cost explorations and production options continued to be explored, staffing also had to be decided. The option of merely streaming live pictures had been ruled out early on, as the project’s stated goal was to combine and coordinate the previously segregated entertainment elements of the main stage, video wall, and event announcers. A broadcast of this complexity would require talent both in front of and behind the cameras. Fortunately Balloon Fiesta’s announce team of 28-year veteran Glen Moyer, and Art Lloyd Jr., was well equipped for the on-camera roles as the prime announce team. Beyond their extensive knowledge

...using iPhones and computers to interact live with online viewers on Facebook and Twitter, all the while while coordinating their “chat” with the rest of the production team was definitely a huge expansion of information and complexity.

Larry Ahrens, served as the on-field reporter. Ahrens and a camera team roamed the launch field during the morning sessions, bringing live “cutin” reports featuring interviews with pilots, spectators, vendors, and more. In that way “Balloon Fiesta Live” was able to bring an entirely new experience to online audiences. A lot of material was needed. While Moyer, Lloyd Jr. and the balloons themselves easily filled the “live” portion of the show, the video walls in the park go live each morning at 4:30 am until the balloons launch at 7 am. This required the creation of “pre-produced” informational segments that could be aired during the pre-launch hours and after the launch ended. The same thing was repeated for the five evening sessions as well. While a lot of ideas for coverage were considered, it was decided to forego some of these bells and whistles to concentrate on putting on a quality first broadcast, and with an eye to expanding coverage and options in future years. With the addition of this live video component, the announcers, Moyer and Lloyd Jr. found they were, for the first time, talking to two distinct audiences, the spectators on the field and online viewers from around the world. Thus they had to not only watch the balloons on the field and in the sky,

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but now also had to pay attention to TV monitors displaying what the online audience was seeing. Add to that, manipulating their iPad-based balloon spotting app, monitoring entertainment staff and flight officials’ radio communication, using iPhones and computers to interact live with online viewers on Facebook and Twitter, all the while while coordinating their “chat” with the rest of the production team was definitely a huge expansion of information and complexity. Even the usual “Good Morning” greeting had to be adjusted due to the time differences of viewers around the world, where people might be enjoying lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner while watching the feed. Viewers reported being from nearly every state in the US in addition to England, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Scotland, Germany, and Columbia. For 2018, the team is planning on improving the technical quality of the broadcast and adding new material, including video live

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from the air to give viewers the experience of being in a balloon during Balloon Fiesta. And the team has set a lofty goal of tripling the viewership from 2017, aiming for the

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one million view mark in 2018. So tune in on Facebook, YouTube or the Balloon Fiesta website and join us online, live or just to relive the event. It’s Balloon Fiesta Live!


FORTY YEARS AGO,

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n August 17, 1978, three businessmen/ balloonists from Albuquerque enthralled the world by completing the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by balloon. Before them, more than a dozen teams had tried and failed to make the crossing. Five pilots died. Gas and hot-air balloonists Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson had stared death in the face during an unsuccessful attempt to complete the crossing with their gas balloon, Double Eagle, the previous year. But Abruzzo and Anderson were convinced the Atlantic could be conquered, and with a third team member, Larry Newman, they launched Double Eagle II on August 11 from Presque Isle, Maine. They hoped to reach Le Bourget field in Paris, the same airport where Charles Lindbergh, the Lone Eagle, landed his single-engine airplane the Spirit of St. Louis in 1926, completing the first flight across the Atlantic. But for safety reasons, they landed outside just outside

Paris in a farmer’s field. Throngs of ecstatic Parisian suburbanites stormed into the field to greet the New Mexican balloonists. The flight set a slew of gas balloon world records for distance and duration (a couple of which still stand), and laid the groundwork for Anderson’s first

successful non-stop flight across North America, Abruzzo and Newman’s first manned crossing of the Pacific, and the later trans-global flights of Bertrand Piccard, Brian Jones, Steve Fossett, and Fedor Konyukhov. The Double Eagle II’s flight was the feelgood story of 1978 – the lead story on network newscasts, front page news in papers across the globe, and the cover story for major magazines like Newsweek, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated. Today, the City of Albuquerque’s Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum exhibits some of the equipment carried aboard Double Eagle as well as a full-size replica of the gondola. Double Eagle II put Albuquerque on the map in a big way. Sid Cutter, who that same heady week won his first national hot air balloon championship, joked that maybe the rest of the world would finally figure out New Mexico was part of the United States. Interest in and enthusiasm for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and in ballooning in general reached

August 11, 1978: Double Eagle II is just a couple of hours away from beginning its history-making transit of the Atlantic. Photo courtesy AAAIBM

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a fever pitch as fascinated balloon-watchers realized they themselves could become crew and pilots, and a part of this colorful, adventurous sport. The flight re-energized gas balloonists around the world. Within two years, the first distance gas balloon race since World War II – the “Friends of Gordon Bennett” – launched from the pier next to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Four years later, the world air sports federation, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, revived the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the world’s oldest air race (originally founded in 1906) and now recognized as the world championship of long-distance gas balloon flight. In 1995, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta founded the America’s Challenge for gas balloons, which with the Gordon Bennett are the only two such competitions in the world. The America’s Challenge will not be held this year, because the world championships (Gordon Bennett) overlaps the Balloon Fiesta, making it impossible for teams to compete in both races. The America’s Challenge is scheduled to return to the Balloon Fiesta in 2019. Meanwhile, weather permitting, it is possible that some U.S. gas teams may launch flights from Balloon Fiesta Park during Balloon Fiesta week.

August 17, 1978, Misery, France: Relief, joy, and exhaustion: Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo, and Larry Newman celebrate their successful flight.

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WANT BALLOONS TO LAND AT YOUR PROPERTY?

MARKS THE SPOT! BY PAUL SMITH, BALLOON FIESTA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

s Albuquerque grows, landing sites become scarcer, and the “X Marks the Spot” initiative is the perfect opportunity to “find the hidden treasure.” Starting back in 2007, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® asked the citizens of the Albuquerque area with at least one acre of vacant land free of power lines and other obstructions to share the space with hot air balloon pilots in October. The response has been overwhelming! Since the program started, generous landowners had volunteered hundreds of acres of land suitable for landing! These additional landing sites, necessary for the safety of our pilots and their passengers, will improve the flying experience for all pilots and increase the opportunity for spectators to assist pilots and crew in landing and packing up their balloons. As a “thank you” to everyone in the Albuquerque area, Balloon Fiesta is teaming with the Hispano Chamber of Commerce to offer Landowner prizes. To be eligible, a pilot must land on your property and be able

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Just dropped in to say hi! All dressed up with no place to land . . . this photo was taken in 2006, and some of the few empty lots in this photo now have buildings on them! to identify the owner and their telephone number or email address. Then the pilot will place the landowner’s information in a container at Balloon Fiesta Park and our Landowner Relations Team will draw names for prizes to the landowners. These prizes will include gift certificates from local restaurants and merchants.

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To increase the odds of balloons landing on your property and increasing the chances of winning a prize, please contact the Balloon Fiesta office and request a White Sheet! While it’s not the proverbial “X” it will signify to pilots that they are welcome to land on that property. The sheets are free. The Balloon Fiesta expresses a very special thank you to the people, companies and agencies who allow Balloon Fiesta pilots and balloons to land on their property.


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A COMMEMORATIVE 50TH BALLOON FIESTA STAMP?

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n 1983, at the time of the 200th anniversary of the first balloon flight in 1783, the U.S. Postal Service released a special series of four stamps celebrating ballooning. Two of the stamps recognized historic balloon flights, and the other two the growing sport of modern hot-air ballooning. Although the stamps did not specifically mention the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the Postal Service chose to release the stamp in Albuquerque, then as now the “hot air balloon capital of the world.” In three years (2021), the Balloon Fiesta will celebrate its 50th event and already planning is underway to celebrate the world’s biggest ballooning event in a big way. During this year’s legislative session, state legislators formally

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petitioned the Postal Service and its Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee to support issuing a commemorative stamp honoring the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Senate Memorial 13, sponsored by Senator Bill O’Neill, and House Memorial 6, sponsored by

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Representative Sarah MaestasBarnes, unanimously passed their respective chambers. The memorials cite the Balloon Fiesta’s size, scope, and growth and note that a stamp to commemorate our 50th event would become a treasured remembrance for guests, balloonists, and collectors. You can help! The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee accepts public suggestions and input, so you can write letters supporting the issuance of a Balloon Fiesta commemorative stamp. The committee screens recommendations and submits those deemed worthy to the U.S. Postmaster General, who makes the final decision. Letters should be sent to: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300 Washington, DC 20260-3501


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eep beep! Exciting news for Balloon Fiesta merchandise collectors! This will be an extra special year for Fiesta collectibles and for the official Balloon Fiesta poster! Artist Daniel Killen of the Chuck Jones Companies of Costa Mesa was selected to create the poster images for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta leading up to its 50th event in 2021. Killen, represents the Chuck Jones Companies with work incorporating the Looney Tunes cartoon characters (made famous by four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones) has produced the first of four images, “Full of Hot Air” for this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. A new poster will be released each year over the course of four years leading up

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to the 50th event and will feature the Looney Tune favorites Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. The suite of four posters will tell a story over

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the course of a day, starting with the 2018 poster, which begins at sunrise. Even more exciting is that the posters are a special nod to the original posters released in 1972. “Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner appeared in the very first posters for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta,” said Lisa Mulder, merchandise manager for the Balloon Fiesta, “and bringing them back to celebrate the upcoming 50th event seemed like the right thing to do. We’re delighted with Daniel’s concept and artwork and feel it represents the exuberance and fun spirit of this international gathering of balloon fanatics.” Signed and unsigned limited editions are available at our field locations, main office, gift shop and online at www. balloonfiestastuff. com. Get yours before they’re gone!


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BECOME PART OF THE PICTURE... AS A BALLOON FIESTA NAVIGATOR! BY KIM JUDGE, NAVIGATOR MANAGER, ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA®

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hen the kids are back in school and it is starting to get chilly first thing in the morning, I begin to think about the sky filled with the beautiful colors of hot air balloons. Many people may recognize those thoughts, followed by the excitement that once again the Albuquerque International Balloon

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Fiesta is just a few weeks away. Soon thousands of people will come to Albuquerque to see the largest premier ballooning event in the world. Many people visit each year on the weekend to walk around Balloon Fiesta Park taking in the excitement of hundreds of balloons inflating and taking off, filling the sky with color. The second half of the event features the Special Shape Rodeo where children’s eyes become

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huge with excitement as they see their favorite special shape balloon come to life.

Have you ever thought of how many people it takes to put on Balloon Fiesta every year or thought, “I would love to be a part of all the excitement?” We invite you to come and join us next year, no matter how much


of just 18 people, so our 1,100 navigators are crucial to the success of this nineday international ballooning event. Navigators who live locally are eligible to help in the office throughout the year with donation requests, merchandise, Field Services, front desk and general back office assistance. After Labor Greeting guests at the Balloon Discovery center Day, our RV Navigators come into town to get the hundreds of RV sites ready for our or how little, you know about hot air RV guests. The event may only last balloons. Albuquerque International nine days every October, but it takes Balloon Fiesta volunteers, called a year of planning and a collaborative “Navigators” are critical to every effort between our staff and the area of this world premier event. Navigators to pull it off. Our Navigators serve on more than During the event, all of our 40 different teams, and just about Navigators work in sync to make any person with any skills, talents or the guest experience safe and interests can experience the Balloon spectacular. Navigators work in our Fiesta from a new perspective. The Information Booths, the Balloon full-time Balloon Fiesta staff consists

Discovery Tent, Park ‘N’ Ride, the Artisan tent, and (when qualified) in flight operations, just to list a few of the opportunities available. Some of our Navigators have volunteered since 1972 which was the first Balloon Fiesta held – 46 years ago! – on a site which is now part of Coronado Center. The event continues to grow and so does the need for more Navigators. We have Navigators from all over the USA and they continue to come back year after year. We have all made lasting friendships, and the camaraderie within the ballooning community is fantastic. Come join our team! If you are interested in being more than a spectator in 2019, contact Kim Judge at the Balloon Fiesta Office, (505) 821-1000 or through the Balloon Fiesta website: http:// www.balloonfiesta.com/contact us/ volunteering.

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Rachel Roller Larry Romero Sharon Romero Stephanie Romero John Romisher Daniel Rose Margaret Rose Henry Rosenbaum Debbie Rounds Christopher Rowan Vince Roybal Patricia Ann RudyBaese Bonnie Rusher William Rusher Diana Rutz Lorraine Ryals Ricardo Ryals Evelyn Sadt Deborah Sahd Kathleen Salamon Yvonne Salas Linda Samuels Amanda Sanchez Debbie Sanchez Michael Sanchez Samantha Sanchez Virginia Sanchez Caitlan Sandberg Michelle Sanford Jay Sanidad Jeff Saul Krista Savage Erica Saylor Max Saylor Susan Scarlett Karl Schaefer Cornelia Schloss Leonard Schloss Cyan Schrader Jeanne Schroeder Thomas Schroeder Geneva Schult Dave Schultz Riley Schwahn Doug Schwebach Ronni Scott Harry Season Angelique Sedillo Larry Seeley Steve Segura John Sellers Lisa Sellers Shelly Sellin John Sena Laurie Shannon-Bailey Adrienne Shaw Brian Shaw John Shemack Robert Shipley Carolyn Shirley Jerry Shreve Annie Shurtleff Meghan Sierra Brouard Albert Silva Anna L Silva Edward Simon Kieth Simon Suzanne Simon

Judy Simons Roy Simons Scott Sinkular Michele Skarlupka Judy Skelly Ivan Smith Jesse Smith Joan Smith Joanny Smith Karen Ann Smith Rose Sneed David Solinske Johanna Solinske Alex Sotelo Emily Sotelo Liz Spielman Bob Stanczyk Suzanne Stanczyk Candice Stanford Carolee Stclair Loretta Stephenson Richard Stephenson Hal Stevens Richard Stidham Gene Stone Janette Stone Orbin Stone Della Stroup John Stucker Susan Stucker David Sullens Lynn Sullivan Mark Sullivan Maury Sullivan Andrea SullivanSanchez Sarah Jean Sutherland Seth Sutherland Denise Suttle James Suttle Holly Sylvester Jose Tabisola Valerie Tabisola Rick Tabone Paul Tackett Nicole Tagart Ramona Taitt Andie Talmadge Diana Tanner Laurye Tanner Tom Tanner Paul Tanouye Gail Tate Deborah Taylor Julie Taylor Kathy Taylor Mike Taylor Debra Teague Edward Teigeler Louis Tejeda Dorothy Temer Brad Temeyer David Tennis Debbie Tennis Albert Tetreault Shirley Thieda Makahla Thomason Tina Thompson Michelle Thurik

Lynn A Tillery Linda Tornes Norb Tornes David Torres Richard Torres Rosemary Torres Valerie Trader Therese Trujillo Ken Tuley Roberta Tuley Barbara Turnbaugh Erika Lee Turner Yolanda Turner Cliff Tvede Chris Uhl Tiffany Uhl Alex Vazquez Samantha Vazquez Vanessa Vazquez Jennifer Verlinde Kimberley Vesely Linda Vickers Nancy Vigil-Cottrell Mary Ann Villarreal Laura Virgin John Vonderheide Berta Wagstaff Don Wagstaff Bill Walker Karen Wallace Xavier Wallace John Walsh Philip Walsh Nellie Walters William Walters Dylan Wambold Lawrence Wambold Clyde Wanatee Caleb Ward Patrick Ward Joy Watnik-Saul Joan Weaver William Weaver Craig Weber Janet Welch Caryn Welz Jennifer Werner Phil Werner Nancy Wertz Nancy West Rachel Wester Austin Wetsch Richard Wetzel Skye Wheeler Ellis Whitaker Clayton White William White Kimberly Whiteman Mary Wier Roger Wilcox Mark Wilkins Barbara Williams Eloisa Williams Rachel Wills John Wilson Lee Wilson Robert Wilson Julie Wilson-Muhindi Stephen Wimpy

Denise Winn Dylan Winn Mark Winn Rachel Winn Fred Winslow Sharon Winslow Jazzmin Winston Claudia Wisbrod Robert Wise Caroline Wood James Wood Alice Wood Garman Marjorie Woodall Robert Woodall Audrie Wormington Buck Wormington Janice Wrhel Brian Wright La Mar Wyatt Glenn Young Tyler Young Brendan Zajac Loretta Zamora Petra Zavakos Meredith Zenger Ronald Zenger Michael Zink Nancy Zink Alex Zucosky L. Jane Zucosky Janna Callison Charlene Card Wendy Clements Linda Cramer MaryLaine Espinoza Pholopater Faltas Giovanni Fuentes Brian Gorman Jo Ann Jimenez Laura Berger Carla Brooks Meghan Martinez Kimberly Matthews Kathleen McMichael Rebecca McMurty Josef Melech Kelli Murphy Linda Pasternacki Anthony Sandy Ron Scherch Michael Taylor Yvonne Taylor Sara Valencia Mary VanHaverbeke James West LaKonia Williams Leslie Williams And hundreds of chase crew members

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2018 Heritage Award

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Honoring Charlotte Kinney

he Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Heritage Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Balloon Fiesta through the creation of new traditions or events, through improving the safety and comfort of the Balloon Fiesta, or through presentation of the event’s history. This year’s recipient made history as one of Albuquerque’s early female balloonists and the first woman to serve as the Balloon Fiesta’s top official, and today helps to write the event’s history as a Balloon Fiesta historian. Charlotte Kinney earned her pilot rating in early 1977, and with ballooning partner John Lynch flew their balloon, Day Tripper, in the Balloon Fiesta and at other events around the state. She soon began volunteering at the event, and by the early 1980s was a member of the Balloon Fiesta’s Board of Directors. In 1981, Charlotte served as Assistant Balloonmeister, second-in-command of the Balloon Fiesta’s flight operations. The next year, she assumed the top post of Balloonmeisterin (a feminine form of Balloonmeister), the

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first female in the Balloon Fiesta’s history to direct and oversee all flying events. In 1984, Charlotte agreed to partner with her successor, Neida Courtney, as coBalloonmeisterins for the 1984 Balloon Fiesta, the first and still the only time two people have shared the chief official’s responsibilities. After retiring from officiating, through the last half of the 1980s, Charlotte directed her efforts to a new project, a Balloon Fiesta daily newsletter. Along with fellow pilots SueEllen Osika and Kim Vesely and volunteer Fina Foster, Charlotte was a writer and co-editor of the Fiesta Flyer, distributed in print (in those pre-Internet days) daily to pilots and guests. Today, Charlotte is a member

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of the Balloon Fiesta’s Heritage Committee and contributes historical articles to the Balloon Fiesta program. She was also one of the seven co-editors of the committee’s awardwinning book Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, released last year and still available in a bookstore near you. We anticipate Charlotte will build on her legacy, playing a key role in the development of the Heritage Committee’s 50th anniversary publications. Charlotte is the daughter of former Albuquerque mayor Harry Kinney, himself a key figure in the Balloon Fiesta’s history and heritage and a member of the Balloon Fiesta’s Hall of Fame.

Charlotte Kinney as Balloonmeisterin, 1982.


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